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The Explainer: How does Ireland's system of voting work?

On this week’s episode of The Explainer, Laura Byrne is joined by Gavan Reilly, political correspondent with Virgin Media News, to delve into how exactly PR-STV works.

WE’VE ALL HEARD the term PR-STV, or proportional representation with a single transferable vote, but how exactly does it work?

Ireland’s system of voting is often lauded as a fairer and more representative way of electing officials compared with how other countries conduct their elections, but with that comes more nuance.

On this week’s episode of The Explainer, Laura Byrne is joined by Gavan Reilly, political correspondent with Virgin Media News and co-host of The Group Chat podcast. to delve into how exactly PR-STV works.

Do you need to vote for every candidate? What happens to your second preference if your first preference is eliminated? And can you bring in notes to help you remember how you plan to vote?


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This episode was put together by presenter Laura Byrne, senior producer Nicky Ryan and executive producer Sinéad O’Carroll.

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