Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann are in recess

Dáil Éireann will resume on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 and Seanad Éireann will resume on Tuesday, 24 September 2019.

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, 11 Jul 2019: 34 topics were published, which include 144 speakers and divisions of the House.

Seanad Éireann

Official Report latest update:

Fri, 12 Jul 2019: 4 topics were published, which include 30 speakers and divisions of the House.

Committees

Official Report latest update:

Meeting of the Joint Committee On Transport, Tourism And Sport on Wed, 17 Jul 2019.

PQs (Questions)

Official Report latest update:

Thu, 11 Jul 2019: 979 Parliamentary Questions answered.

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

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

Parliamentary privilege and citizens’ rights - call for submissions

A working group of parliamentary officials has been set up to review the Houses of the Oireachtas procedures and ensure that the rights of citizens are respected throughout the parliamentary process.

People and organisations who have appeared before an Oireachtas Committee since March 2011 are invited to make written submissions to the working group.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Tuesday, 13 August 2019.

Office of Parliamentary Legal Advisers

Members of the OPLA team

Office of Parliamentary Legal Advisers

The Office of Parliamentary Legal Advisers (OPLA) has published a web page and guidance notes for Members and staff about its expanded legal services. The OPLA is the in-house legal team of the Houses of the Oireachtas. Completely independent of Government, the team provides specialist, non-partisan legal advice to Parliament, its Members and staff.

Exhibition

Treasures of the Oireachtas Library

To mark Dáil100, the centenary of the First Dáil, the Oireachtas Library & Research Service (L&RS) invited guest curators to explore the treasures in its collection and choose their favourites.

Watch the video and click the link below to find out more.

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Oireachtas TV debate

Seanad reform and electoral commission

Join Flor MacCarthy for this month’s Oireachtas TV debate discussing Seanad reform and the proposal to introduce an electoral commission. Guests include former Independent Senator Joe O’Toole, political editor Niamh Lyons, political scientist Dr. Theresa Reidy, and political editor Daniel McConnell.

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Press releases

18 Jul 2019, 10.11

Working group on parliamentary privilege and citizens’ rights call for written submissions

17 Jul 2019, 14.00

Joint Oireachtas Committee report calls for more “joined up” thinking and funding to improve rural transport

16 Jul 2019, 10.44

Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism & Sport to meet Governance Review Group to discuss the FAI

15 Jul 2019, 16.04

Regional Internet Service Providers group before the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment

10 Jul 2019, 17.33

ComReg before Communications Committee to discuss National Broadband Plan

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?

Leinster House played host to one of Ireland’s first balloon ascents, launched by Richard Crosbie from Leinster Lawn on 19 July 1785.

Soon stupidity will be so fashionable, so “patriotic” that the country will be unable to see, much less to criticise; it will be blind and dumb and then it will be presented as being content.
Oliver St. John Gogarty, Seanad Éireann, 18 July 1934

Recently considered Bills and Acts

17 Jul 2019

Before Seanad Éireann

Blasphemy (Abolition of Offences and Related Matters) Bill 2019

No. 59 of 2019

12 Jul 2019

Before Seanad Éireann

CervicalCheck Tribunal Bill 2019

No. 44 of 2019

12 Jul 2019

Before Seanad Éireann

Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Bill 2019

No. 49 of 2019

11 Jul 2019

Before Dáil Éireann

Courts Bill 2019

No. 24 of 2019

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

We have two assistant principal vacancies in our ICT unit:
:: Chief data officer
:: Head of programme management

Closing date: 1 pm on Wednesday, 10 July 2019