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I'm not sure about having different electoral cycles for different houses - in the US this results in general election fever every 2 years despite individual Senators having a 6 year term. The Irish term of up to 5 years for both houses seems about right.  In practice the average term is about 3/4 years as not all elections result in a long term stable Government.

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