This year we commemorate the centenary of the First Dáil.
In the general election of December 1918, members of the Sinn Féin party won 73 of the 105 Irish seats, but had pledged not to sit in Westminster. Instead, they convened a representative assembly in Ireland and invited all the elected members for Ireland. The first public sitting of the Dáil was held in the Mansion House, Dublin, on 21 January 1919.
To learn more about the First Dáil and the commemorative events taking place in 2019, visit the dedicated website, Dail100.ie. You will find out about the first TDs and their struggle to establish Dáil Éireann. You can also download educational resources for schools.