The video clip tool is being decommissioned on 31 December 2015. Files will continue to be available to view and download in other formats after that date.

Video Clip Creation Tool

This tool enables you to create WMV video clips of Dáil, Seanad and committee meetings. Recordings are available online within a few days of the meeting.

To create a video clip, enter the following information in the fields above and click on "Create link".

Channel: Select one of Dáil, Seanad, Committee Room #1, Committee Room #2, Committee Room #3, or Committee Room #4.

Date: Select the date of the meeting.

Start time:Enter the start time in hours : minutes : seconds.

For recordings prior to 10 May 2010, and from 29 September - 14 October 2010, set the start time to 9.00. This will create a link to the start of that day's recording, either 10.30 or 14.30. The reason is because these files were extracted from the television archive without the filler from 9.00 to the start time of the day's proceedings. There were some issues with the start time of the recording from 19 - 28 October 2010.

Duration: Set the length of your video clip (optional).

Create Link: Click on this button to create the link to your video clip

URL: This box will contain the link to your video clip which you can copy and paste into an email, blog, etc. Preview: click Preview to see your video clip.


  • Dáil and Seanad webcasts started in 2006, while committee webcasts started in May 2010.
  • The Oireachtas Broadcasting Unit's archives are available from October 1990, and can be supplied on request on DVD or other broadcast quality formats. For more information contact the Oireachtas Broadcasting Unit at 01 618 3789 or email
  • The webcasting video files are stored on Oireachtas servers, so there are no storage implications for your systems, regardless of how many or how long your video clips are. The links to the recordings can be inserted into email messages, onto Web pages and blogs, and are played using Windows Media Player or equivalent.


Help and Comments
If you need any assistance using this tool, please contact us:

  • Email
  • or telephone 01 618 3418 or 01 618 3568

Rules of Coverage

Please note that use of Webcasts and broadcasts of the Houses and Parliamentary Committees must be in accordance with the Standing Orders of both Houses and the Rules of Coverage of the Joint Committee on Broadcasting and Parliamentary Information, in particular: "... that recordings or extracts of the proceedings shall not be used in programmes of light entertainment, political satire, party political broadcasts or in any form of advertising or publicity, other than in the form of news and current affairs programme trailers...".

The Dáil and Seanad webcasting and IPTV services are provided in association with HEAnet, Ireland's National Education and Research network, a not for profit company established by the universities and the Higher Education Authority.

Alternative Tool: For advanced users an alternative video clip tool is available here which uses the elapsed time counting from the beginning of the day's recording. The start time of the recording is usually but not always 09.00. The Houses usually sit at 14.30 on Tuesdays and 10.30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This means that the start time in this tool will usually be 5.30 on Tuesdays and 1.30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.