From 5 to 3 in Dún Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire elected 5 TDs in 2007. It was then reduced to 4 seats in this election. With the appointment of Sean Barrett as Ceann Comhairle, if he serves the full term and wishes it he can be elected automatically to the 32nd Dáil. Which would make it a 3-seater.
Not only that. As Shane Ross referred to yesterday, Sean Barrett retired from the Dáil in 2002, deciding not to contest that election, having been elected in 1981 and aged 57. He returned in 2007. If the coming two Dála continue for their full term, he could end up retiring for the second time close to nineteen years after first leaving politics.