From the 1997 Presidential Election a leaflet for Independent candidate (and only Male to stand) Derek Nally. Nally received 59,529 votes.
The Tipperary native was resident in Bunclody County Wexford at the time. The retired Garda Sergeant managed to get nominated by five County Councils to run. These were Wexford, Clare, Carlow, Kildare and South Dublin County Councils.
If the Parliament itself resolves that it should be dissolved, with at least two-thirds of the Members (ie. 86 Members) voting in favour, the Presiding Officer proposes a date for an extraordinary general election and the Parliament is dissolved by the monarch by royal proclamation. In the current Parliament, elected in 2007, this can only happen if supported by the Scottish National Party as it has more than one-third of the Members (47 out of 129 Members equals 36.4%) and can therefore block a dissolution resolution unless 4 of its Members were to join with all opposition members to pass a dissolution resolution.