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The Daily Poll

Poll: How many TDs should be in the next Dail?

A Boundary Commission is set to redraw constituency lines and lead to a reduction in the number of TDs in the next Dail. But how many should we lose – if any at all?

FIGURES FROM CENSUS 2011 show that the country’s population has now risen to over 4.5 million.

To take into account the growth in population in certain areas of Ireland, a new Boundary Commission is set to redraw constituencies. There is also the likelihood – as promised by the Government in May – that the number of TDs in the next Dail Eireann will be reduced.

Suggestions today put the reduction at 20 – do you think that’s too many or not enough? There are 166 TDs in the current Dail.

Have your say here: How many TDs do you think should be in the next Dail?

Poll Results:

We could do away with half of them (334)
They should cut between 20 to 50 TDs (312)
They should cut up to 20 TDs (159)
We shouldn't have any TDs at all - sure aren't we being run by the IMF anyway? (127)
The number we have now - 166 - is about right (98)
There should be more TDs to serve our growing population (34)

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