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In 2022 we mark the centenary of Seanad Éireann, the Upper House of Ireland's Parliament.

Since its first meeting in Leinster House on 11 December 1922, the Seanad has reflected a broad range of views. Our programme of public lectures, exhibitions and initiatives aims to capture this diversity of perspectives, causes and changes to Irish life that Senators used their office to champion.

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Address to Seanad Éireann by Congressman Mr. Richard Neal

As part of the series of events to mark the centenary of Seanad Éireann, Congressman Richard Neal's addressed the Seanad, where he discussed the strong connection between Ireland and the US and how the bipartisan Congressional Friends of Ireland caucus, of which he is co-chair, continues to support the cause of peace in Northern Ireland.

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Minority voices, major change: an exhibition

More than 830 individuals have taken their seat in Seanad Éireann since 1922. Collectively they've represented a broad church. The selection of 26 senators for this exhibition shines a spotlight on some of those changemakers and the causes they championed.

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Seanad100: the centenary year of Seanad Éireann

A year-long programme of events celebrating the centenary of the Upper House begins with Cathaoirleach Mark Daly hosting a discussion with former President and Senator, Mary Robinson and Father of the House, Senator David Norris

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Who were the First Senators?

Senators Alice Stopford Green and Eileen Costello / Bibliothèque nationale de France

Who were the First Senators?

Described as "Imperialists and Freemasons" by the anti-Treatyites, the Members of the First Seanad represented a minority voice in Saorstát Éireann. Their ranks included former Unionists MPs, holders of British hereditary titles and four women.

Notable Debates

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Notable Debates

The debates held in the Seanad since 1922 reflect some of the thorny questions that Ireland has grappled with during the past 100 years.

We have selected a notable debate from each decade to give a window into some of the issues that have come to the fore since the foundation of the State.

Bicameralism in Ireland

The Oireachtas is among the 41% of parliaments worldwide that have two chambers. Parliaments that have two chambers are referred to as "bicameral". Find out about the history that led to the creation of a bicameral parliament for Ireland.

Debates and Members of the 1922 Seanad

The Official Report of Dáil and Seanad debates from 1919 to today is available in the Debates section of this website.

For information on the Members of each Seanad, see our TDs & Senators section.

Photo of three Senators outside Leinster House 1922

Members of the 1922 Seanad, Arthur Jackson, Andrew Jameson and Perry Goodbody, arriving at Leinster House for the first public sitting / Bibliothèque nationale de France

Contact details

Public Engagements Officer

Martha Dowling

Leinster House

Kildare Street

D02 XR20

Martha.Dowling@oireachtas.ie

+353 (0)85 800 7259

+353 (0)1 618 3000

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