Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann are in recess

Dáil Éireann will resume on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 and Seanad Éireann will resume on Tuesday, 24 September 2019.

The Oireachtas TV channel continues to broadcast 24 hours a day – watch proceedings from the recent parliamentary term, plenary sittings of the European Parliament, documentaries and studio programmes.

Dáil Éireann

Official Report latest update:

Tue, 23 Jul 2019: 0 topics were published, which include 135 speakers and divisions of the House.

Seanad Éireann

Official Report latest update:

Fri, 12 Jul 2019: 4 topics were published, which include 30 speakers and divisions of the House.


Official Report latest update:

Meeting of the Joint Committee On Children And Youth Affairs on Wed, 31 Jul 2019.

PQs (Questions)

Official Report latest update:

Tue, 23 Jul 2019: 3042 Parliamentary Questions answered.

There are 158 Members (called Deputies or TDs) of Dáil Éireann.

There are 60 Members (called Senators) in Seanad Éireann.

Oireachtas TV

Around the Houses, July 2019

Catch up on highlights from July's debates including the Mercosur trade deal and the beef sector, the CervicalCheck Tribunal Bill 2019 and the Government's Climate Action Plan. In Committees, representatives of the insurance industry were questioned on the impact of fraudulent claims and representatives of the Irish Greyhound Board responded to allegations of cruelty in the greyhound industry.

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Oireachtas TV

European politics and the Council of State

As the summer recess sets in for the European Parliament, this month's Oireachtas TV debate investigates the current state of European politics following the European elections in May.

The programme also looks at the role the Council of State has played in our politics and how it has evolved since its first meeting in 1940.

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Parliamentary privilege and citizens’ rights - call for submissions

A working group of parliamentary officials has been set up to review the Houses of the Oireachtas procedures and ensure that the rights of citizens are respected throughout the parliamentary process.

People and organisations who have appeared before an Oireachtas Committee since March 2011 are invited to make written submissions to the working group.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Monday, 9 September 2019.

Animated film

History of the Library & Research Service

This short animated film tells the story of the Oireachtas Library & Research Service (L&RS) from 1922 to the present day.

L&RS produced the video to mark Dáil100, the centenary of the First Dáil.

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Press releases

16 Aug 2019, 10.05

‘Dáil 100’ Exhibition launched in Galway as part of Dáil100 celebrations

12 Aug 2019, 15.00

Committee on Justice and Equality Calls for Written Submissions on issues of online harassment, harmful communications and related offences

26 Jul 2019, 15.29

Tusla and Department of Children and Youth Affairs officials due before Joint Oireachtas Committee following RTÉ crèche investigation.

25 Jul 2019, 17.16

Working Group on Parliamentary Privilege and Citizens’ Rights Calls for Written Submissions

18 Jul 2019, 10.11

Working group on parliamentary privilege and citizens’ rights call for written submissions

Ireland: a parliamentary democracy

Ireland is a parliamentary democracy. The National Parliament (Oireachtas) consists of the President and two Houses: Dáil Éireann (House of Representatives) and Seanad Éireann (the Senate) whose functions and powers derive from the Constitution of Ireland enacted by the people on 1 July 1937. The Houses of the Oireachtas are situated at Leinster House, Dublin.

This year we celebrate Dáil100, the centenary of the First Dáil, which held its first public meeting on 21 January 1919.

Did you know?

Leinster House was originally known as Kildare House, after James Fitzgerald, the Earl of Kildare. When Fitzgerald became Duke of Leinster in 1776, the house was renamed Leinster House.

The Seanad of which Senator W.B. Yeats was a member was an excellent one. It lost a lot when it was reconstituted in 1937.
Michael D. Higgins, Seanad Éireann, 2 August 1973

Recently considered Bills and Acts

8 Aug 2019

Before Dáil Éireann

Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2019

No. 66 of 2019

7 Aug 2019

Before Dáil Éireann

Defence Forces (Evidence) Bill 2019

No. 65 of 2019

31 Jul 2019

Before Dáil Éireann

Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2019

No. 64 of 2019

31 Jul 2019

Before Seanad Éireann

Criminal Justice (Mutual Recognition of Decisions on Supervision Measures) Bill 2019

No. 63 of 2019