Dáil Éireann allocates a certain amount of time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during which Deputies may ask questions of Members of the Government relating to Public Affairs connected with their Departments or on matters of administration for which they are officially responsible. The Taoiseach answers questions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in respect of matters relating to the administration of his own Department.
Other Members of the Government reply to questions on an agreed rota basis. The rota repeats itself every 5 weeks or so and thus affords the opportunity to Deputies to question each Minister on a regular basis.
In 2013, a total of 50,926 parliamentary questions were processed.
The replies to parliamentary questions are published daily as part of the Debates and form part of the Official Report.
To view the replies or find a specific reply go to the Dáil Debates Section of the website. If you are looking for a specific question and reply and you know the date when the question was replied to click on that date, e.g. 26/03/2013. In this section, on the left side navigation you will see Questions which brings you to the parliamentary questions and their replies categorised by Government Department.
If you need any assistance in this matter please contact the Questions Office at +353 1 6183426/3950.