Ceann Comhairle to be elected in the first meeting of the 32nd Dáil

The 32nd Dáil will meet for the first time this morning.

Ceann Comhairle to be elected in the first meeting of the 32nd Dáil

The 32nd Dáil will meet for the first time this morning.

But it is likely to be adjourned for up to a month later today as no-one will be elected Taoiseach as none of the contenders will command a majority.

At 10.30am this morning the 158 elected members of the 32nd Dáil will take their seats.

The first business is the election of a Ceann Comhairle which will for the first time be done by secret ballot.

Five candidates have been nominated - the favourites to get the support are Independent Maureen O'Sullivan and Fianna Fáil's Seán O'Fhearghail.

Once that is done then nominations for Taoiseach will be voted on.

But as neither Enda Kenny, Micheál Martin, Gerry Adams or an as yet unannounced nominee for the Independent Alliance will have the support of a majority the Dáil will have to adjourn for up to 4 weeks.

Enda Kenny will have to resign as Taoiseach but the Cabinet will continue in a caretaker capacity.

Then all eyes will turn to see if Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil can in the coming weeks hammer out a deal and enter a grand coalition.

Meanwhile, an anti-water charges protest will take place outside the Dáil this afternoon at 1pm.

Protesters will gather calling for the scrapping of water charges and abolition of Irish Water.

As well as that, Oxfam Ireland will park a mobile billboard outside the Dáil today.

The billboard will call on the new Government to prioritise inequality issues - specifically tax dodging, women's rights and access to quality public services.

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