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

Buildings

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Buildings

When the first Dáil met in 1919, there had been no Parliament in Ireland for over 100 years. One of the first questions was where the Dáil should sit.

Conservation & restoration

A major conservation and restoration project is under way on Georgian Leinster House.

Video tour

Sculptures of Leinster House

Watch a six minute video tour of the sculptures and monuments inside and outside Leinster House.

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Historical documents

The Oireachtas Library & Research Service holds a collection of historical documents and documents laid before the Oireachtas.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.

History of Parliament in Ireland

Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

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.