Tuesday 17 October 2017

Bell ensures deputies do not miss vote

A bell that can be heard all over the Leinster House campus, and in adjoining buildings that house Oireachtas staff, calls TDs to the Dail chamber to vote.

The loud bell can also be heard outside the gates on Kildare Street and on Merrion Street at the back of the Dail.

The noise of the bell is carried to all areas of the campus by speakers wired into individual offices.

It ensures that TDs do not have to be hanging around the chamber to vote and can spend their time getting on with other work.

Once the bell is sounded, deputies have a few minutes to take their seats in the chamber before the Leinster House ushers close the doors -- locking any latecomers out.

TDs are allocated a seat each in the chamber and vote yes or no on proposals by using buttons on their seats.

Occasionally a walk-through vote may be called where TDs have to walk to the top of the chamber to cast their vote.

The results of each vote, and how each TD votes, are posted on the Dail system. Absent or abstaining TDs do not have their names listed on the voting record.

Irish Independent

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