2021 University of Dublin by-election
A by-election will be held for the Seanad Éireann University of Dublin constituency in Ireland in 2021. The vacancy was caused by the election of Labour's Ivana Bacik to Dáil Éireann on 8 July 2021 at a by-eleciton in Dublin Bay South. The order for the by-election must be made within six months of a direction from the Seanad to the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
Every citizen of Ireland who is at least 18 years old and who has received a degree (other than an honorary degree) or obtained a scholarship from the University of Dublin is entitled to be registered as an elector. The electorate of the university is approximately 50,000. When a casual vacancy occurs it is filled by a by-election. The procedure at a by-election is the same as that at a general election of university members. Candidates must be proposed and seconded by two registered electors, with the assent of eight other electors. All votes are cast by postal ballot, and are counted using the single transferable vote.
Tom Clonan announced his intention to contest on 10 July. Hugo MacNeill and Gisèle Scanlon have confirmed they will run. Fine Gael is expected to endorse MacNeill. There are conflicting reports on the Social Democrats' stance, with The Sunday Times reporting that Carly Bailey had declared.
Hazel Chu, Green Party councillor and former Lord Mayor of Dublin, not herself a Trinity graduate, stated she was considering it, but would only do so with the backing of her party, which was divided when she last ran for the Seanad. Bacik's former assistant and Labour Party member Ursula Quill will run.
- "Labour's Ivana Bacik elected in Dublin Bay South after ninth count". RTÉ News. 9 July 2021.
- Section 13 (Seanad bye-election orders) of the Seanad Electoral (University Members) Act 1937 (No. 30). 19 November 1937. Act of the Oireachtas. Irish Statute Book.
- Section 7 (Franchise) of the Seanad Electoral (University Members) Act 1937 (No. 30). 19 November 1937. Act of the Oireachtas. Irish Statute Book.
- "How the Seanad is Elected". Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage . 21 January 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
- Section 7 (Nomination of candidates) of the Seanad Electoral (University Members) Act 1937 (No. 30). 19 November 1937. Act of the Oireachtas. Irish Statute Book.
- Tom Clonan [@TomClonan] (10 July 2021). "Sincerest Congrats to @ivanabacik on her election to Dáil Éireann. Ivana will be a great TD - like @geraldnash I intend to run in Senate TCD By-Election: 'Who could fill Ivana Bacik's seat in the Seanad following her election to Dáil?' (via @thejournal_ie)" (Tweet). Retrieved 14 July 2021 – via Twitter.
- O'Brien, Stephen (18 July 2021). "Rugby star Hugo MacNeill makes another try to win Seanad seat". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
- O'Halloran, Marie (2 August 2021). "Hazel Chu considers running in Trinity College Seanad byelection". The Irish Times. Retrieved 10 August 2021.