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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 148 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 Committee of Public Accounts on Thu, 12 Jul 2018.

PQs (Questions)

Official Report latest update:

Thu, 12 Jul 2018: 777 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 exhbition, come on a guided tour of Leinster House. There are four tours daily, Monday to Friday and admission is free.

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

19 Jul 2018, 14.00

Oireachtas exhibition marking 100 years of suffrage opens to public

19 Jul 2018, 11.20

Picture of Constance Markievicz, first woman elected to House of Commons, gifted to UK by Ceann Comhairle

18 Jul 2018, 11.00

Budgetary Oversight Committee raises questions on Rainy Day Fund in Interim Pre-Budget Report

17 Jul 2018, 17.30

Parliamentary Budget Office publishes Quarterly Economic and Fiscal Commentary

17 Jul 2018, 14.01

Protocols in relation to the use of the National Anthem should be introduced- Seanad Public Consultation Committee report

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.

There is a modern idea that Parties win elections not so much because of the programmes they offer to the public and the speeches made by their leaders as by the image of themselves that they succeed in imprinting on the public mind.
Seán Lemass, Dáil Éireann, 20 July 1960

Recently considered Bills and Acts

18 Jul 2018

Before Dáil Éireann

Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2018

No. 89 of 2018

17 Jul 2018

Before Seanad Éireann

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017

No. 108 of 2017

17 Jul 2018

Before Seanad Éireann

Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill 2018

No. 76 of 2018

17 Jul 2018

Before Seanad Éireann

Education (Welfare) (Amendment) Bill 2017

No. 109 of 2017