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24 April 2017  


The Seanad Register

What is the Seanad Register?

The Seanad Éireann Register published on 1st June each year is a list of the names, addresses and qualifications of NUI graduates who may vote in Seanad Éireann elections (NUI constituency). The Seanad Register may be used only for electoral purposes. There is an Edited Seanad Éireann Register which may be used for commercial purposes. Both registers are available for purchase.

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Who is on the Register?

NUI graduates, other than honorary graduates, who are citizens of Ireland and who have claimed to be registered as voters.
Registration on the register is not automatic; graduates must claim to be registered, . Claims/Registration forms must be received at the NUI Office by 26th February in any given year.

How do I claim to be registered?

Graduates must complete, sign and return to National University of Ireland a Registration Claim Form.

Note: There is currently no provision in the Seanad Electoral (University Members) Acts, 1937-2015, for online registration or for the use of electronic signatures. For this reason there is no facility for online registration.

The downloadable version of the Registration Claim Form (below) may be completed on screen using your computer the claimant should then print and sign the form. The form can then be scanned and attached to an email and sent to records@nui.ie or posted to Records Office, National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Download Registration Claim / Graduate Update Form

pdf Irish Version : English Version

Please download the pdf to your computer (right click and save) and complete the form using Adobe Reader as not all internet browsers support on screen completion of pdf documents

How do I find out if I’m registered?

Copies of the Seanad Éireann Electoral Register are available in the libraries of the various institutions within the NUI and the National Library. The register is also available for examination in the reception of NUI offices, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

I am on the Register but didn’t get a ballot paper in the last election

'Have you changed your address recently? Did you let us know? If you are on the Register and didn't get your voting papers, the most likely reason is that we have an incorrect address on record for you. Unless we are informed of a change of address, voting papers will go to the address on record.'

Once the revised Register has been published, is it possible to amend an address?

Yes, a graduate may, at any time, ensure that his/her details are up-to-date by e-mailing : elections@nui.ie , posting or faxing a Registration Claim/Graduate Update Form to NUI. Note the pdf version of the registration claim form may be completed using your computer and scanned for emailing purposes, however the form must be signed by the claimant and so cannot be submitted online.

Completed forms should be returned to: National University of Ireland, Records Office, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Download Registration Claim / Graduate Update Form

pdf Irish Version : English Version

Please download the pdf to your computer (right click and save) and complete the form using Adobe Reader as not all internet browsers support on screen completion of pdf documents

Are names ever removed from the Register?

Yes.

  • on receipt of written request by a graduate to have his/her name removed
  • on receipt of notification of the death of a graduate
  • as provided by the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2001: 'after reasonable enquiry by the registration officer, whose address or the address to which the ballot paper is to be sent is unknown'. (S. 56)


If my name has been removed from the Register, can I still vote?

Only if you have re-registered in time to be included on the Register in use for the relevant Seanad election.

 

Who may purchase a Seanad Register?

Anyone may purchase the Seanad Register, either as a hard copy or on cd (subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Acts). The cost of the Register is calculated on a *prescribed formula", and currently costs €155 in either format.

The Seanad Register may be used only for electoral purposes

By Order (S.I. No. 290 of 2000) of the then Minister of the Environment, Mr. Noel Dempsey, the following Regulation became effective from 21st September 2000:

The fee to be paid under paragraph (d) of Rule 15 of the First Schedule to the Act by an applicant for a copy of the revised [Seanad Éireann] register or any part thereof shall be fifty nine pence plus the sum of twelve pence for each one hundred by which the number of persons in the revised register or part thereof exceeds one hundred.
(Note: 59 pence = 75 cent; 12 pence = 15 cent)

Anyone purchasing a copy of the register must undertake to comply with the relevant provisions of the Data Protection Acts of 1988 and 2003 a form is available for this purpose from the NUI office.