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PARLIAMENTARY TELEVISING - Cliceáil anseo don leagan Gaeilge.

Televising of the daily proceedings of Dáil Éireann commenced in October, 1990. Seanad Éireann followed in December 1990 and the televising of Committees began in July 1993 .The introduction of television cameras into the Chambers followed a decision of the Houses to use the medium of television to give the public greater access to the workings of the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Televising consists of an in- house system and the continuous supply of the signal to the national broadcaster, Radio Telefis Éireann. This in- house system provides Members in their offices with immediate information on the progress of proceedings in the Houses and Committees which allows them to continue with other duties e.g. representing constituents, researching and preparing contributions to upcoming debates on parliamentary business, drafting of amendments to Bills.

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The proceedings are televised by means of miniaturised and unobtrusive cameras which are operated silently by remote control. The equipment used is the most advanced available. Many of the software requirements were developed specially in Ireland. The in-house system is permanently captioned i.e. the picture carries details of the business under discussion and the name of the speaker. In the case of Deputies, constituency and party affiliation are also given.

Proceedings are televised in accordance with Rules of Coverage which are designed to give a full, balanced, fair and accurate account of proceedings intelligible to viewers. The Rules ensure that the proceedings are televised in a dignified and decorous manner appropriate to the business of Parliament. Live coverage of major events such as Election of Ceann Comhairle, nomination of Taoiseach and other members of the Government, the Budget Statements, an address to the Houses by the President or visiting Head of State/Government, must be carried by the broadcaster in their entirety, uninterrupted by commentary, analysis or commercial breaks.

An archive of proceedings is maintained to which authorised access is available and certain conditions apply to the use of such material, principally

- the material may not be used in programmes of light entertainment, political satire or in party political broadcasts

- material may not be used in any form of advertising or publicity

The Broadcasting Control Committee which comprises of representatives of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann is responsible for the administrative and financial arrangements for televising and for the rules relating to coverage and the use of archive material. Under its aegis the Broadcasting Unit provides an extensive range of commercial and other services:

- Provision of BETA/VHS and audio copies of proceedings

- Members can request play-backs of proceedings which are provided direct to their offices

- Full studio facilities (with 1, 2, or 3 cameras) are available for interviews, party political broadcasts, studio debates.

- the control rooms also operate as edit suites and digital editing is available.

The Broadcasting Unit welcomes enquiries about its range of services. Detailed information can be obtained from the Broadcast Manager or Production Director at (01) 618 3000.