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Business Papers

No business papers were published today.

Dáil Éireann

Official Report latest update:

Thu, 12 Jul 2018: 38 topics were published, which include 141 speakers and divisions of the House.

Seanad Éireann

Official Report latest update:

Thu, 12 Jul 2018: 14 topics were published, which include 34 speakers and divisions of the House.

Committees

Official Report latest update:

Meeting of the Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach [Select Committee] on Thu, 12 Jul 2018.

PQs (Questions)

Official Report latest update:

Thu, 12 Jul 2018: 591 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.

Oireachtas TV

A Woman's Place

On International Women’s Day 2018 a painting of the 53 sitting women members of the Houses of the Oireachtas was unveiled in Leinster House. This documentary follows the artist, Noel Murphy, on his six-month project to create the unique painting. In the film, journalist Eamonn Mallie reveals the artistic process and discusses the role of women in politics with the Members as they visit the artist’s studio to sit for their portraits.

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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

13 Jul 2018, 14.01

Oireachtas Commission Agrees Policies to Support Equality in the Workplace

12 Jul 2018, 14.44

Caroline Dwyer, mother of Irishman slain in Bolivia in 2009, meets Foreign Affairs Committee

12 Jul 2018, 14.22

No tolls and further reduced rate of motor tax recommended to accelerate uptake of electric cars - Climate Action and Environment Committee report

12 Jul 2018, 12.15

Working arrangements in Irish film industry need to be made more secure – Committee Report

12 Jul 2018, 11.37

Agriculture Committee proposes incentives to encourage farms to adapt to Climate Change

Did you know?

The Constitution allows for up to two Members of the Seanad to be Members of the Cabinet, but they may not be Taoiseach, Tánaiste, or Minister for Finance.

You do not quench a fire by sprinkling it with petrol, and that is what this Bill is doing.
Oliver J Flanagan, Dáil Éireann, 11 July 1974

Recently considered Bills and Acts

12 Jul 2018

Before Dáil Éireann

Maternity Shared Leave and Benefit Bill 2018

No. 85 of 2018

12 Jul 2018

Before Dáil Éireann

Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill 2016

No. 103 of 2016

12 Jul 2018

Before Dáil Éireann

Consumer Protection (Regulation of Credit Servicing Firms) Bill 2018

No. 21 of 2018

12 Jul 2018

Before Seanad Éireann

Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill 2018

No. 76 of 2018