Electors must belong to certain professions or pay a small tax.
Some idea of the style of living of the learned professions in early Ireland may be gathered from the income enjoyed in later times by the literati of Tir Conaill (Co.
The noble professions almost invariably 'ran in families, so that members of the same household devoted themselves for generations to one particular science or art, such as poetry, history, medicine, law.
The heads of the various professions in the tuath received the title of ollam.
All persons with an income of £50 vote in the first; all residents in an urban commune who pay taxes amounting to sixteen shillings yearly, with those who have been through the primary course of education, and all members of the liberal professions, retired officers and state pensioners, vote in the second.