Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann are in recess

Dáil Éireann will resume on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 and Seanad Éireann will resume on Wednesday, 16 September 2020.

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:

Thu, 30 Jul 2020: 40 topics were published, which include 156 speakers and divisions of the House.

Seanad Éireann

Official Report latest update:

Fri, 31 Jul 2020: 7 topics were published, which include 49 speakers and divisions of the House.

Committees

Official Report latest update:

Meeting of the Special Committee On Covid-19 Response on Tue, 28 Jul 2020.

PQs (Questions)

Official Report latest update:

Thu, 30 Jul 2020: 1491 Parliamentary Questions answered.

There are 160 Members (called Deputies or TDs) of Dáil Éireann.

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

Covid-19 information digest

Covid-19

Covid-19 information digest

Get quick links to recent debates on the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the latest research by the Oireachtas Library & Research Service (L&RS) and Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) on Covid-19.

Data visualisations and analysis

Research

Data visualisations and analysis

Get the most out of our research services with our new data visualisations. Get research and analysis on the most relevant issues of the day including Covid-19 in Ireland, voted expenditure and the latest fiscal data.

All research is impartial and is published by the Oireachtas Library & Research Service (L&RS) and the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO).

Would you like to work for the Houses of the Oireachtas Service?

We are recruiting for a new role of interpreter (grades II and III) in Rannóg an Aistriúcháin.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 3pm on Monday, 10 August 2020.

Press releases

5 Aug 2020, 12.05

Covid-19 Committee report calls for changes to testing and contact tracing system to make it more robust

4 Aug 2020, 17.01

National Flag to fly at half-mast at Leinster House to honour ‘true patriot’ John Hume

31 Jul 2020, 14.48

Oireachtas Committee report calls for urgent action to protect nursing home residents in potential Covid-19 second wave

27 Jul 2020, 16.21

Ryanair and Aer Lingus before Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 Response

23 Jul 2020, 16.35

Oireachtas Committee to discuss international travel and public transport

Ireland: a parliamentary democracy

About the Oireachtas

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.

Did you know?

The Royal Dublin Society bought Leinster House from the third Duke of Leinster in 1815 for £10,000 and a yearly rent of £600.

Recently considered Bills and Acts

31 Jul 2020

Before Seanad Éireann

Residential Tenancies and Valuation Bill 2020

No. 17 of 2020

30 Jul 2020

Before Dáil Éireann

Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020

No. 18 of 2020

30 Jul 2020

Before Seanad Éireann

Financial Provisions (Covid-19) (No. 2) Bill 2020

No. 19 of 2020

30 Jul 2020

Before Dáil Éireann

Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Covid-19) Bill 2020

No. 15 of 2020