Could the next Ceann Comhairle be elected by secret ballot?

The suggestion has come from the Constitutional Convention

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The Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to seek Cabinet approval tomorrow for a move which would see the Ceann Comhairle elected by secret ballot in the next Dáil.

The suggestion has come from the Constitutional Convention.

Other reforms which could be brought in include the election of the Chairs of Oireachtas Committees based on party strength, rather than appointment by the Government, according to the Irish Times.

Up to now the Ceann Comhairle has been elected by open vote when the Dáil meets after a general election.

The paper claims a secret ballot could enhance the independence of the office - as the Ceann Comhairle's authority would come directly from the Dáil members, rather than the government.

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