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Dáil Éireann

Official Report latest update:

Thu, 18 Apr 2019: 28 topics were published, which include 141 speakers and divisions of the House.

Seanad Éireann

Official Report latest update:

Thu, 18 Apr 2019: 2 topics were published, which include 26 speakers and divisions of the House.

Committees

Official Report latest update:

Meeting of the Joint Committee On Transport, Tourism And Sport on Tue, 16 Apr 2019.

PQs (Questions)

Official Report latest update:

Thu, 18 Apr 2019: 327 Parliamentary Questions answered.

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

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

Centenary of the First Dáil

Members of the First Dáil outside the Mansion House, April 1919 / Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Centenary of the First Dáil

In April 1919, the First Dáil held a series of private and public sittings. The Dáil appointed a Ministry and declared a peaceful boycott of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC). Other topics for debate included prisoners of war, the League of Nations, land distribution and kidnapped children.

Follow the story of the Irish Parliament and read the annotated debates on our dedicated website.

Mother and Child Scheme, 1951

Notable debates

Mother and Child Scheme, 1951

On 11 April 1951, Dr. Noel Browne resigned as Minister for Health. The following day, he made a personal statement in the Dáil explaining his decision. Browne's attempt to implement the Mother and Child Scheme had been strongly opposed by the medical profession and the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland. The controversy raised questions about the Roman Catholic Church's influence on Government policy.

Oireachtas TV

Strasbourg Special

In the midst of the Brexit crisis, Oireachtas TV Debates returns to Strasbourg to take the temperature of the European Parliament.

Flor McCarthy talks to Irish MEPs Mairead McGuinness, Marian Harkin, Matt Carthy and Luke Ming Flanagan, as well as Manfred Weber, leader of the European People’s Party.

We also hear from journalists and commentators about the upcoming European elections and the rise of Euroscepticism.

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News

18 Apr 19, 13.00

Press releases

17 Apr 2019, 08.31

PAC to examine Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) financial statements

16 Apr 2019, 15.35

Joint Committee on European Union Affairs to discuss Engagement on alliance-building

16 Apr 2019, 11.08

Committee on Climate Action launches final report; calls for action on tackling climate change

16 Apr 2019, 10.15

Justice Committee to hear about the regulation and control of the gambling sector

15 Apr 2019, 10.58

Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism & Sport to meet Sport Ireland and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

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?

The longest serving Ceann Comhairle was Proinsias Ó Fathaigh (Frank Fahy) who held the position for 19 years, from the 7th to the 14th Dáil.

Stock arguments against women have been used on various occasions, but they do not carry any weight these modern days.
Colonel Maurice Moore, Seanad Éireann, 8 April 1927

Recently considered Bills and Acts

18 Apr 2019

Before Dáil Éireann

Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018

No. 130 of 2018

16 Apr 2019

Before Dáil Éireann

Greyhound Racing Bill 2018

No. 109 of 2018

11 Apr 2019

Before Dáil Éireann

Courts (Establishment and Constitution) (Amendment) Bill 2019

No. 24 of 2019

11 Apr 2019

Before Seanad Éireann

Thirty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution (Dissolution of Marriage) Bill 2016

No. 57 of 2016

EEC membership, 21 March 1972

Notable Debates

EEC membership, 21 March 1972

On 21 March 1972, Dáil Éireann debated the terms negotiated for Ireland's accession to the European Communities.

When the referendum was held, in May 1972, an overwhelming majority voted for Ireland to join the European Communities. The Treaty of Accession came into force on 1 January 1973.