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New calendar of Dáil sittings available


The calendar of Dáil sittings for September 2018 to July 2019 has been published.

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16 school students wanted for Oireachtas TED-Ed Club


Oireachtas education is seeking 16 students in transition year or fifth year to join the Houses of the Oireachtas TED-Ed Club. Each club member will have a chance give a TED-style talk in the Mansion House, Dublin.

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Delegates at the International Congress of Parliamentary Women's Caucuses 2018

First International Congress of Parliamentary Women's Caucuses held in Dublin Castle


The first International Congress of Parliamentary Women's Caucuses was held in Dublin Castle on Sunday 9 and Monday 10 September. The Congress brought together female parliamentarians from across the globe to discuss issues facing women and how parliamentarians can work to address them.

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Obverse side of a Series A £50 note, showing the female figure taken to be Lady Lavery, wife of artist Sir John Lavery

Oireachtas marks 90 years since the first Irish State bank notes were issued


The Oireachtas Library & Research Service is marking 90 years since the first Irish state banknotes were entered into circulation. This month’s document in the display case is the 1929 report of the Currency Commission, which had been established to oversee the production and issue of the new currency.

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Analysis of blasphemy Bill published by L&RS


The Library & Research Service (L&RS) has published a Bill Digest on the Thirty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution (Repeal of offence of publication or utterance of blasphemous matter) Bill 2018.

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Eighteenth Century weather report on display in Leinster House


Given the recent atypical Irish weather, the Oireachtas Library & Research Service is taking a look back at the early days of scientific weather observation in Ireland. This month’s document in the display case is A Comparative View of Meteorological Observations Made in Ireland (circa 1793).

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Lynn Scarff, director of the National Museum of Ireland, at the launch of the exhibition

Suffrage exhibition opens in Seanad ante room


The Vótáil 100 exhibition, entitled Votes for Women: Suffrage and Citizenship, was officially opened today in the Seanad ante room.

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Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, with Seán Ó Fearghaíl, the Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éirean

Ceann Comhairle gifts picture of Constance de Markievicz to UK Parliament


The Houses of the Oireachtas yesterday presented a picture of Constance, Countess de Markievicz to the UK Parliament at Westminster.

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Bill Digests available to the public for the first time


For the first time, the Library & Research Service (L&RS) is making its Bill Digests available to the public.

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Suffrage exhibition installed in Seanad ante room


A collection of artefacts, images and ephemera celebrating the suffrage movement was installed in the Seanad ante room today.

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