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

Buildings

Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

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 has recently been completed in Georgian Leinster House.

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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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.

Historical documents

The Oireachtas Library & Research Service holds a collection of historical documents and documents laid before the Oireachtas.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

Art in Leinster House

Find out about the collection of paintings, sculpture and other art work on display in Leinster House.