Discover the history of Parliament in Ireland, from Norman times to today, and find out about the buildings, past and present.

History of Parliament in Ireland

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History of Parliament in Ireland

The first meeting of Dáil Éireann took place on 21 January 1919. However, parliaments, in various forms, were a feature of Irish life from the 13th century up to 1801.

Buildings

Discover the buildings of the Irish Parliament, explore highlights of the art collection and find out about the restoration and conservation of Leinster House.

Dáil Éireann 1919-2019

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Dáil Éireann 1919-2019

In 2019 we commemorated the centenary of the First Dáil. 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.

Historical documents

The Oireachtas Library & Research Service holds a collection of historical documents and documents laid before the Oireachtas. Search the online catalogue or browse the online exhibitions of selected documents.

Animated film

Dáil Day One

This short animated film tells the story of the circumstances that drove the members of the First Dáil to set up an independent parliament in 1919.

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Animated film

History of the Library & Research Service

Watch this short animated film telling the story of the Oireachtas Library & Research Service from 1922 to the present day.

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