Ask A Broadsheet Voter


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Make up of new Dáil seats as of 11am

Ten Dáil seats remain to be filled as several recounts get under way this morning.

The blue carpets will obviously have to go.

But how else would you like the new Dáil to look?

Pic: RTÉ

53 thoughts on “Ask A Broadsheet Voter

      1. Genelection2016

        Only the ignorant think our national colour is green. It ought to be taught in schools that our national colour is St Patrick’s Blue. I have a weird feeling not too many Irish Citizens know this!

        1. Spud1

          I totally agree.
          It’s such a point of importance that this *must* be known to everyone.
          Think of all the possible pub quizzes that may be lost…

        2. munkifisht

          Pretty sure you’re wrong there mate, there is no official colour of Ireland. The heraldic colour of Ireland as an island is indeed blue, or st Patrick’s blue, but this is representative of the old kingdom of Ireland not Ireland as a modern republic. As we are no longer a kingdom and have relinquished official claim on the 6 counties so it’s questionable whether this should be our national colour still. While we still have some heraldic symbols, blue is probably better associated with Ireland as part of the union and the protestant ascendancy. #JustSayin

  1. Clampers Outside!

    A big screen displaying a TDs delivery or lack of delivery of the promises made upon getting elected should be displayed every time that person speaks in the Dáil.

    Random seat electrocutions to wake the fuppers up.

    A retractable ceiling so the electorate can pee on them when they get out of line.

    I have more, but that’ll do for now.

    1. Neilo

      Politicians should never promise anything beyond this: ‘We will offer a baseline of competence in terms of public administration over the next several years’. And yet, the electorate and the politicians never learn.

  2. Harry Molloy

    Easy, naked Tuesdays.

    Sinn Fein have said they will not share power with anyone. But they only ran 50 candidates so cannot form a government. What’s the point in voting for them then?

      1. Harry Molloy

        Fair enough then, I was misinformed.

        They might want to look at running more candidates in that case.

        1. Neilo

          In fairness, Harry, maybe some potential candidates haven’t been paroled yet or are abroad waiting for the heat to cool down over all that ‘bad touching’ palaver.

          1. Cup of tea anyone?

            I hear a lot of people who liked Sf policies but couldn’t vote for Gerry.
            They just need a new leader and the party would really grow.

          2. Owen C

            If Enda can be ousted, FG are good for a strong performance in any election re-run.

            If Gerry can be ousted, SF will get a good bump.

            If Joan can be ousted, Labour will get a bounce. Unless she’s replaced by Alan Kelly. In which case they may get a negative total amount of votes.

    1. pissedasanewt

      They will grow gradually. No point in running 150 candidates costing 20k a pop if you only think 20-30 might get elected.

      More candidates means a bigger share of funds next time out. However their fund raising might be impacted by a crack down on illegal fuel laundering and Mr Slab in the slammer.

  3. Cup of tea anyone?

    An automated system that updates the attendance, expense reimbursement claims made and the bar tab of each TD every month.

    1. Barry the Hatchet

      This has my vote! It’d be great to see this data easily accessible on the Oireachtas website.

    2. pedeyw

      If you force them to give up private health insurance as soon as elected, they’ll get the HSE sorted too.

  4. Eoin

    Needs some graffiti. I also think Sean Barrett would look cool sitting in a big throne made from swords. Maybe a couple of big vicious looking wolf hounds at his feet that he can throw scraps to and set upon unruly TDs.

  5. Jockey

    I would love to see an opposition that doesn’t complain about absolutely everything that is presented by the government. I know the Opposition’s job is to poke holes in any proposals but they should also be a logical unit which agrees with something that makes sense. At the end of the day there will be 158 TDs sitting in that building, all of whom should be putting the people above their party. If something makes sense for the people, or if a decision is the lesser of two evils, go along with it for god’s sake, instead of finding some ridiculous argument to look good in the headlines.

  6. Frilly Keane

    I would like to see a lady Ceann Comhairle

    And a ban on smart phones, tablets etc
    (Sick of seeing Ministers on their phones during debated and questions)

    And a Subway concession

  7. phill sheehy

    industrial wage, public health (no private insurance) and a bonus at the end of their term if they do what they say they will do.

  8. Demoniac

    I’d like the people voted into the Dáil to actually sit in the Dáil and discuss the legislation they’re supposed to enact in an intelligent manner. I’d like any protests to be able to happen outside our national parliament, rather than barriers and massed ranks of gardaí to be set at both ends of both streets where our government is based. That’d be a start. And no insults, but rather courteous listening to the points made by others who have had the honour of being chosen by the Irish people to represent us.

  9. Cloud9

    That’s it in a nutshell but we now have made a sport of electing meaningless opposition while forgetting to actually elect a government!

  10. Steve

    I can understand piling the hate on FG and tbh im disappointed with result on sat. But comparing the list of Irregulars who sat with Bertie up to 2007 and who are now re-elected is depressing me the most.

    Bobby aylward
    Brendan smith
    Timmy Dooley
    Billy kelleher
    Michael Moynihan
    Michael McGrath
    Pat the cope
    O cuiv
    Sean Fleming
    O dea (ffs)
    Dara calleary
    Barry cowen (simply by association)


  11. rory

    I’d like a Dail that is seriously concerned about climate change and is willing to do something about it ASAP.

  12. Iwerzon

    A big Promise -o -Meter on the gable wall of Buswells listing the issues the politicians in the cabinet said they would see through with a tick box marked for each one addressed thoroughly.

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