Administration - The Houses of the Oireachtas Service 

The Houses of the Oireachtas Service (‘Service’) is the parliamentary administration which provides advice and support services to:

a)      The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission, (‘Commission’)

b)      The Houses of the Oireachtas (Dáil and Seanad) and their Committees, and

c)      Members (Deputies and Senators) of the Houses of the Oireachtas

The Service is staffed by about 440 full time equivalent general, professional and technical civil servants. The Commission acts as the governing body of the Service.  

The roles, functions, and responsibilities of the Commission and the Service are set out in the Staff of the Houses of the Oireachtas Act 1959, the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission Act 2003 as amended in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2013,  the Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013 and the Houses of the Oireachtas (Appointments to Certain Offices) Act 2015.

Clerk of the Dáil/Secretary General

The Clerk of the Dáil provides advice on parliamentary procedures and practices to the Ceann Comhairle and to all members of Dáil Éireann. The Clerk of the Dáil is also referred to as the Secretary General of the Service. She/he is the chief executive of the Oireachtas Commission and has responsibility among other things for:

  • the management of the Service
  • implementing and monitoring Commission policies relevant to that service, and
  • delivering outputs as determined by the Commission.

The Secretary General is assisted in this regard by two Assistant Secretaries who have responsibility for the following areas:

Corporate and Members’ Services Division

  • Members’ & International Services
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Services
  • Superintendent of the Houses 
  • ICT
  • Office of Parliamentary Legal Advisor

Parliamentary Services Division

  • House Services (Bills, Journal, and Questions’ Offices
  • Debates Office
  • Committees
  • Communications, Broadcasting and Information
  • Library & Research Service
  • Rannóg an Aistriúcháin

This post currently (2014/2015) encompasses the office of Clerk Assistant of the Dáil.

Clerk of the Seanad

The Clerk of the Seanad is responsible for the Seanad Office. The primary role of the Seanad Office is to support the sittings and business of the Seanad.

View the Organisation Chart of The Houses of the Oireachtas Service