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Act

  • How many Acts are passed each year?
    • The number of Acts passed yearly changes from year to year though the volume has increased over the years. For further details go to the Acts section of our website here.
  • When does a Bill become an Act?
    • Once a Bill has been passed by both Houses, the Taoiseach presents a vellum copy of the Bill, prepared in the Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas to the President for signature and promulgation as law. For further details on Legislation go to our Information Leaflets here, for a list of Acts click here.

Bill

  • How can I find out what stage a Bill is at?
    • If you go to the Bills section of our website here you can search for a Bill by name or year and details of the last stage the Bill reached will be listed under the Bill name.

  • How is a Bill passed and how long does it take?
    • There are five stages in considering a Bill - First (Initiation) Stage, Second (Debate) Stage, Third (Committee) Stage, Fourth (Report) Stage and Fifth (Final) Stage. For more details on the different stages of a Bill go to our Information Leaflets here. There is no time limit on how long a Bill can take to pass through the Houses
  • How many Acts are passed each year?
    • The Number of Acts passed yearly changes from year to year though the volume has increased over the years. For further details go to the Acts section of our website here
  • How many Bills are passed each year?
    • The number of Bills passed yearly changes from year to year though the volume has increased over the years. For further details go to the Bills section of our website here.
  • When does a Bill become an Act?
    • Once a Bill has been passed by both Houses, the Taoiseach presents a vellum copy of the Bill, prepared in the Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas to the President for signature and promulgation as law. For further details on Legislation go to our Information Leaflets here, for a list of Acts click here.

Cathaoirleach

  • Who is the Cathaoirleach/Chairperson of Seanad Éireann
    • The Cathaoirleach is Senator Pat Moylan. For more details on the role of the Cathaoirleach go to our Information Leaflets here. For more details on the current Cathaoirleach click here.
  • What is my TDs/Senators e-mail address?
    • E mail addresses for Members who hold accounts on the Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas system follow the convention
      • firstname.surname@oireachtas.ie
    • Some of these addresses are set to forward all email sent to external addresses and are flagged accordingly. If a Minister's email is not forwarded then the address is in all likelihood dormant and you can try contacting their relevant Department for their current email address. Some Members also have their own websites for a list of those who have websites click here.
  • What is my TDs/Senators phone number?
    • We don't have a compiled list of phone numbers for TDs and Senators. You can try to contact them by ringing our switchboard on 01 618 3000. Some Members would have their number listed on the website and you can find that by clicking here. Many Members also have details of their local constituency office/clinics in local papers, church bulletins and community newsletters and would also be listed in the phone book.

Ceann Comhairle

  • What is my TDs/Senators e-mail address?
    • E mail addresses for Members who hold accounts on the Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas system follow the convention
      • firstname.surname@oireachtas.ie
    • Some of these addresses are set to forward all email sent to external addresses and are flagged accordingly. If a Minister's email is not forwarded then the address is in all likelihood dormant and you can try contacting their relevant Department for their current email address. Some Members also have their own websites for a list of those who have websites click here
  • What is my TDs/Senators phone number

    We don't have a compiled list of phone numbers for TDs and Senators. You can try to contact them by ringing our switchboard on 01 618 3000. Some Members would have their number listed on the website and you can find that by clicking here. Many Members also have details of their local constituency office/clinics in local papers, church bulletins and community newsletters and would also be listed in the phone book.
  • Who is the Ceann Comhairle/Chairperson of Dáil Éireann?
  • The Ceann Comhairle is Mr. Séamus Kirk, TD. For more details on the role of the Ceann Comhairle go to our Information Leaflets here. For more details on the current Ceann Comhairle click here.

Chairman

  • What does a Committee do?
    • Committees cover all areas of Parliamentary Business and they can receive submissions and hear evidence from interested parties or groups, discuss and draft proposals for legislative change, print and publish minutes of evidence and related documents, require attendance of Ministers to discuss current policies and proposals for legislation. There are four types of Committees - Standing Committee, Select Committee, Joint Committee and Special Committee (rare). For more details on Committees go to our Information Leaflets here. For a complete list of Committees and their Members go here.
  • Where would I find the name of a Chairman to a specific Committee?
    • A list of all the Members of all Committees and the contact details of the Clerk to that Committee may be found here. The relevant Member who is Chair of the Committee will be indicated. Go here to find further contact details for Members.

Committees

  • Can I be notified about Oireachtas Committee meetings?
    • A schedule of Committee meetings is published on a weekly basis and updated as necessary. The most current schedule can always be found here.
    • We are testing a system to enable us to alert people by email when the schedule is updated. The email notification will include a link to the current version of the committee schedule. If you want to subscribe to this experimental service, click here.
  • My local TD/Senator/Group spoke in a Committee meeting - where can I find a copy of the speech?
    • The debates of Committees held in Public are usually published within a week to ten days after the Committee hearing. Copies of Committee Debates may be found here.
  • What does a Committee do?
    • Committees cover all areas of Parliamentary Business and they can receive submissions and hear evidence from interested parties or groups, discuss and draft proposals for legislative change, print and publish minutes of evidence and related documents, require attendance of Ministers to discuss current policies and proposals for legislation. There are four types of Committees - Standing Committee, Select Committee, Joint Committee and Special Committee (rare). For more details on Committees go to our Information Leaflets here. For a complete list of Committees and their Members go here.
  • Where can I get a copy of a Report?
    • Reports such as the Houses Annual Report/Strategic Plan or Register of Members' Interests may be found here. Reports issued by Committees may usually be found on the date of issue in the Press Release section of our website here or may be listed under the name of the particular Committee who issued it. Click here to go to Committees
  • Where would I find the name of a Chairman to a specific Committee?
    • A list of all the Members of all Committees and the contact details of the Clerk to that Committee may be found here. The relevant Member who is Chair of the Committee will be indicated. Go here to find further contact details for Members.

Constituencies

Debates

  • How is a Bill passed and how long does it take?
    • There are five stages in considering a Bill - First (Initiation) Stage, Second (Debate) Stage, Third (Committee) Stage, Fourth (Report) Stage and Fifth (Final) Stage. For more details on the different stages of a Bill go to our Information Leaflets here. There is no time limit on how long a Bill can take to pass through the Houses.
  • My local TD/Senator/Group spoke in a Committee meeting - where can I find a copy of the speech?
    • The debates of Committees held in Public are usually published within a week to ten days after the Committee hearing. Copies of Committee Debates may be found here.
  • Where can I find a speech made in the Dáil by my local TD/Minister?
    • Speeches are referred to as Debates in the Oireachtas. To find a speech made in the Dáil click here, where you can search by date. There is also a search bar if you know the topic but not the date.
  • Where can I get a copy of a Report?
    • Reports such as the Houses Annual Report/Strategic Plan or Register of Members' Interests may be found here. Reports issued by Committees may usually be found on the date of issue in the Press Release section of our website here or may be listed under the name of the particular Committee who issued it. Click here to go to Committees.

Legislation

  • How can I find out what stage a Bill is at?
    • If you go to the Bills section of our website here you can search for a Bill by name or year and details of the last stage the Bill reached will be listed under the Bill name.
  • How is a Bill passed and how long does it take?
    • There are five stages in considering a Bill - First (Initiation) Stage, Second (Debate) Stage, Third (Committee) Stage, Fourth (Report) Stage and Fifth (Final) Stage. For more details on the different stages of a Bill go to our Information Leaflets here. There is no time limit on how long a Bill can take to pass through the Houses.
  • How many Acts are passed each year?
    • The number of Acts passed yearly changes from year to year though the volume has increased over the years. For further details go to the Acts section of our website here.
  • How many Bills are passed each year?
    • The number of Bills passed yearly changes from year to year though the volume has increased over the years. For further details go to the Bills section of our website here.
  • What does a Committee do?
    • Committees cover all areas of Parliamentary Business and they can receive submissions and hear evidence from interested parties or groups, discuss and draft proposals for legislative change, print and publish minutes of evidence and related documents, require attendance of Ministers to discuss current policies and proposals for legislation. There are four types of Committees - Standing Committee, Select Committee, Joint Committee and Special Committee (rare). For more details on Committees go to our Information Leaflets here. For a complete list of Committees and their Members go here.
  • When does a Bill become an Act?
    • Once a Bill has been passed by both Houses, the Taoiseach presents a vellum copy of the Bill, prepared in the Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas to the President for signature and promulgation as law. For further details on Legislation go to our Information Leaflets here, for a list of Acts click here.

Members

  • How many Senators are there in total?
    • There are 60 Senators at present. For further details on the role of a Senator go to our Information Leaflets here.
  • How many TDs are there in total?
    • There are 166 TDs. To find more details on the role of TDs go to our Information Leaflets here, to find your local TD click here.
  • My local TD/Senator/Group spoke in a Committee meeting - where can I find a copy of the speech?
    • The debates of Committees held in Public are usually published within a week to ten days after the Committee hearing. Copies of Committee Debates may be found here.
  • What does a Committee do?
    • Committees cover all areas of Parliamentary Business and they can receive submissions and hear evidence from interested parties or groups, discuss and draft proposals for legislative change, print and publish minutes of evidence and related documents, require attendance of Ministers to discuss current policies and proposals for legislation. There are four types of Committees - Standing Committee, Select Committee, Joint Committee and Special Committee (rare). For more details on Committees go to our Information Leaflets here. For a complete list of Committees and their Members go here.
  • What is my TDs/Senators e-mail address?
    • E mail addresses for Members who hold accounts on the Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas system follow the convention
    • firstname.surname@oireachtas.ie
    • Some of these addresses are set to forward all email sent to external addresses and are flagged accordingly. If a Minister's email is not forwarded then the address is in all likelihood dormant and you can try contacting their relevant Department for their current email address. Some Members also have their own websites for a list of those who have websites click here.
  • What is my TDs/Senators phone number?
    • We don't have a compiled list of phone numbers for TDs and Senators. You can try to contact them by ringing our switchboard on 01 618 3000. Some Members would have their number listed on the website and you can find that by clicking here. Many Members also have details of their local constituency office/clinics in local papers, church bulletins and community newsletters and would also be listed in the phone book.
  • Where would I find the name of a Chairman to a specific Committee?
    • A list of all the Members of all Committees and the contact details of the Clerk to that Committee may be found here. The relevant Member who is Chair of the Committee will be indicated. Go here to find further contact details for Members.
  • Who is my local Senator?
    • Senators are elected in a different way from TDs through panels and don't necessarily represent constituencies. For a list of Senators click here, for more details on the panels and role of a Senator go to our Information Leaflets here.
  • Who is my local TD?
    • TDs are based in Constituencies. To find your local TD click here.
  • Who is the Cathaoirleach/Chairperson of Seanad Éireann
    • The Cathaoirleach is Senator Pat Moylan. For more details on the role of the Cathaoirleach go to our Information Leaflets here. For more details on the current Cathaoirleach click here.
  • Who is the Ceann Comhairle/Chairperson of Dáil Éireann?
    • The Ceann Comhairle is Mr. Séamus Kirk, TD.. For more details on the role of the Ceann Comhairle go to our Information Leaflets here. For more details on the current Ceann Comhairle click here.

Minister

  • What does a Committee do?
    • Committees cover all areas of Parliamentary Business and they can receive submissions and hear evidence from interested parties or groups, discuss and draft proposals for legislative change, print and publish minutes of evidence and related documents, require attendance of Ministers to discuss current policies and proposals for legislation. There are four types of Committees - Standing Committee, Select Committee, Joint Committee and Special Committee (rare). For more details on Committees go to our Information Leaflets here. For a complete list of Committees and their Members go here.
  • What is my TDs/Senators e-mail address?
    • E mail addresses for Members who hold accounts on the Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas system follow the convention
      • firstname.surname@oireachtas.ie
    • Some of these addresses are set to forward all email sent to external addresses and are flagged accordingly. If a Minister's email is not forwarded then the address is in all likelihood dormant and you can try contacting their relevant Department for their current email address. Some Members also have their own websites for a list of those who have websites click here.
  • What is my TDs/Senators phone number?
    • We don't have a compiled list of phone numbers for TDs and Senators. You can try to contact them by ringing our switchboard on 01 618 3000. Some Members would have their number listed on the website and you can find that by clicking here. Many Members also have details of their local constituency office/clinics in local papers, church bulletins and community newsletters and would also be listed in the phone book.
  • Where can I find a speech made in the Dáil by my local TD/Minister?
    • Speeches are referred to as Debates in the Oireachtas. To find a speech made in the Dáil click here, where you can search by date. There is also a search bar if you know the topic but not the date.

Report

  • Where can I get a copy of a Report?
    • Reports such as the Houses Annual Report/Strategic Plan or Register of Members' Interests may be found here. Reports issued by Committees may usually be found on the date of issue in the Press Release section of our website here or may be listed under the name of the particular Committee who issued it. Click here to go to Committees.

Senator

  • How many Senators are there in total?
    • There are 60 Senators at present. For further details on the role of a Senator go to our Information Leaflets here.
  • My local TD/Senator/Group spoke in a Committee meeting - where can I find a copy of the speech?
    • The debates of Committees held in Public are usually published within a week to ten days after the Committee hearing. Copies of Committee Debates may be found here.
  • What does a Committee do?
    • Committees cover all areas of Parliamentary Business and they can receive submissions and hear evidence from interested parties or groups, discuss and draft proposals for legislative change, print and publish minutes of evidence and related documents, require attendance of Ministers to discuss current policies and proposals for legislation. There are four types of Committees - Standing Committee, Select Committee, Joint Committee and Special Committee (rare). For more details on Committees go to our Information Leaflets here. For a complete list of Committees and their Members go here.
  • What is my TDs/Senators e-mail address?
    • E mail addresses for Members who hold accounts on the Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas system follow the convention
      • firstname.surname@oireachtas.ie
  • What is my TDs/Senators phone number?
    • We don't have a compiled list of phone numbers for TDs and Senators. You can try to contact them by ringing our switchboard on 01 618 3000. Some Members would have their number listed on the website and you can find that by clicking here. Many Members also have details of their local constituency office/clinics in local papers, church bulletins and community newsletters and would also be listed in the phone book.
  • Where would I find the name of a Chairman to a specific Committee?
    • A list of all the Members of all Committees and the contact details of the Clerk to that Committee may be found here. The relevant Member who is Chair of the Committee will be indicated. Go here to find further contact details for Members.
  • Who is my local Senator?
    • Senators are elected in a different way from TDs through panels and don't necessarily represent constituencies. For a list of Senators click here, for more details on the panels and role of a Senator go to our Information Leaflets here.
  • Who is the Cathaoirleach/Chairperson of Seanad Éireann
    • The Cathaoirleach is Senator Pat Moylan. For more details on the role of the Cathaoirleach go to our Information Leaflets here. For more details on the current Cathaoirleach click here.

Services

  • Can I be notified about Oireachtas Committee meetings?
    • A schedule of Committee meetings is published on a weekly basis and updated as necessary. The most current schedule can always be found here.
    • We are testing a system to enable us to alert people by email when the schedule is updated. The email notification will include a link to the current version of the committee schedule. If you want to subscribe to this experimental service, click here.
  • How many Constituencies are there?
  • Where can I get a copy of a Report?
    • Reports such as the Houses Annual Report/Strategic Plan or Register of Members' Interests may be found here. Reports issued by Committees may usually be found on the date of issue in the Press Release section of our website here or may be listed under the name of the particular Committee who issued it. Click here to go to Committees.

TDs

  • How many TDs are there in total?
    • There are 166 TDs. To find more details on the role of TDs go to our Information Leaflets here, to find your local TD click here.
  • My local TD/Senator/Group spoke in a Committee meeting - where can I find a copy of the speech?
    • The debates of Committees held in Public are usually published within a week to ten days after the Committee hearing. Copies of Committee Debates may be found here.
  • What does a Committee do?
    • Committees cover all areas of Parliamentary Business and they can receive submissions and hear evidence from interested parties or groups, discuss and draft proposals for legislative change, print and publish minutes of evidence and related documents, require attendance of Ministers to discuss current policies and proposals for legislation. There are four types of Committees - Standing Committee, Select Committee, Joint Committee and Special Committee (rare). For more details on Committees go to our Information Leaflets here. For a complete list of Committees and their Members go here.
  • What is my TDs/Senators e-mail address?
    • E mail addresses for Members who hold accounts on the Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas system follow the convention:
      • firstname.surname@oireachtas.ie
  • What is my TDs/Senators phone number?
    • We don't have a compiled list of phone numbers for TDs and Senators. You can try to contact them by ringing our switchboard on 01 618 3000. Some Members would have their number listed on the website and you can find that by clicking here. Many Members also have details of their local constituency office/clinics in local papers, church bulletins and community newsletters and would also be listed in the phone book.
  • Where can I find a speech made in the Dáil by my local TD/Minister?
    • Speeches are referred to as Debates in the Oireachtas. To find a speech made in the Dáil click here, where you can search by date. There is also a search bar if you know the topic but not the date
  • Who is my local TD?
    • TDs are based in Constituencies. To find your local TD click here.


 
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