The Dáil is in recess


days until the Dáil resumes

The Seanad is in recess


days until the Seanad resumes

Business Papers

No business papers were published today.

Dáil Éireann

Official Report latest update:

Tue, 17 Jul 2018: 12 topics were published, which include 38 speakers and divisions of the House.

Seanad Éireann

Official Report latest update:

Tue, 17 Jul 2018: 12 topics were published, which include 38 speakers and divisions of the House.


Official Report latest update:

Meeting of the Joint Committee On Communications, Climate Action And Environment on Wed, 1 Aug 2018.

PQs (Questions)

Official Report latest update:

Tue, 24 Jul 2018: 10000 Parliamentary Questions answered.

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

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

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.


Votes for Women: Suffrage and Citizenship

This summer we are hosting an exhibition of artefacts, images and ephemera celebrating the Irish suffrage movement. To see the exhibition, come on a guided tour of Leinster House. There are four tours daily, Monday to Friday, and admission is free.

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Studio debate

Local government and political summer schools - Oireachtas TV debate

With the Houses of the Oireachtas in recess, Flor McCarthy discusses political summer schools with Pat Leahy, political editor of The Irish Times, Dr. Mary McAuliffe, assistant professor, gender studies, UCD and Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor Modern Irish History, UCD.
The programme also features a debate on local government with Mark Callanan, lecturer, Whitaker School of Government and Management, IPA, and Fintan O'Toole columnist, The Irish Times. The discussion asks how effective local government is and how much power local councillors have.

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Small and medium businesses - how can we help them thrive?

The Seanad Public Consultation Committee plans to create an integrated national strategy proposal document supporting the fostering, growth and sustainability of indigenous Irish SMEs.
Organisations and individuals are invited to contribute by sending written submissions to the Committee.

Press releases

30 Jul 2018, 10.49

Communications Committee to question Facebook executives about moderation of violent, harmful content

27 Jul 2018, 12.01

Ireland must remove barriers to employment for people with disabilities, 3 Oireachtas Committees find in report

26 Jul 2018, 13.47

Houses of Oireachtas publishes 2018 Language Scheme

25 Jul 2018, 10.45

National Development Finance Agency to discuss PPP policies with Finance Committee

19 Jul 2018, 14.00

Oireachtas exhibition marking 100 years of suffrage opens to public

Did you know?

Seanad Éireann was abolished in 1936 only to be re-established in 1938 under the Constitution of Ireland.

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 2018

Before Dáil Éireann

Personal Injuries Assessment Board (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2018

No. 97 of 2018

7 Aug 2018

Before Dáil Éireann

Local Government (Rates) Bill 2018

No. 96 of 2018

1 Aug 2018

Before Seanad Éireann

Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018

No. 95 of 2018

31 Jul 2018

Before Dáil Éireann

Coroners (Amendment) Bill 2018

No. 94 of 2018