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In January 2019, and throughout the year, we are commemorating the centenary of the First Dáil. Events will take place throughout the year and visitors to the Houses of the Oireachtas will see a special exhibition telling the story of 100 years of Dáil Éireann.
On 21 January 1919, the First Dáil held its first public sitting. The elected members who gathered there declared Ireland to be a Republic and a sovereign independent state.
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In 2018, we commemorated the centenary of the parliamentary vote for women in Ireland.
1918 was the first time Irish women were permitted by law to vote and stand in parliamentary elections. In the same year, Countess de Markievicz became the first woman to win a seat in a parliamentary election in Ireland.