Observing Oireachtas Committee meetings

Last Updated 3 February 2016
Tithe an Oireachtais
Houses of the Oireachtas
Can the public attend an Oireachtas Committee Meeting?
Members of the public may attend the public sessions of Oireachtas Committee meetings and
observe the meeting from the Public Gallery in any of the four Committee rooms. The rules of
the Houses of the Oireachtas (Standing Orders) allow for visitors and authorised
representatives of the press to be present during a public meeting of a Committee. However,
both press and visitors are excluded when the Committee is meeting in private.
How do I get in?
Access is by invitation or prior arrangement only. In order to observe a Committee meeting,
your name must be on the access list. Requests for access should be addressed to a Member
of either House (Dáil Éireann or Seanad Éireann) or to the Committee Clerk.
For access to a specific meeting, requests should be made to the Committee Clerk no later
than the day before the meeting because the public gallery space is limited. The area of
interest and/or association with any lobby group or other organisation should be specified.
Finding the Houses of the Oireachtas
The Houses of the Oireachtas are located in Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Arriving by public transport
Leinster House is within 5 minutes walk of the St. Stephen’s Green LUAS stop and of Pearse
Station for DART or mainline rail services. It is also served by numerous buses, information on
which can be found on the Dublin Bus website www.dublinbus.ie.
Arriving by car.
Kildare St. is a one-way street running north to south. If you are coming from the south side of
the city, turn down Dawson St. from St. Stephens' Green, and then turn right at Molesworth
Street. Leinster House is directly in front of you.
If coming from the north side of the city (and subject to car use time restrictions), follow the
side of Trinity College to Nassau Street and take the first right turn, just after the Kilkenny
Design shop, into Kildare Street. Leinster House is half way up the street on the left hand side.
There is no parking available for visitors in Leinster House, but there are two car parks nearby,
on Kildare Street and Setanta Place, and there is also metered on-street parking in the area.
When you arrive, please go to the glass pavilion at the Kildare Street entrance. You will be
greeted by one of the Parliamentary Ushers, who will direct you to the Committee Rooms in
the LH2000 building. You will need to be signed in and be given a visitor’s badge by another
Parliamentary Usher at the reception desk in the LH2000 building.
Going into the Committee Room
There is a waiting area just outside the Committee Rooms and you will see one of the
Parliamentary Ushers at the desk. You should always check with the Parliamentary Usher
before entering any of the Committee Rooms in case the Committee is meeting in private
Viewing Committee meetings when not in attendance
Televised coverage of Committee meetings held in Public are broadcast within the Leinster
House complex and are available for subsequent public broadcasting by RTÉ, TV3 and UTV
Ireland. Each week selected meetings are also broadcast live on the dedicated Parliamentary
channel Oireachtas TV and all public Committee meetings are replayed over the course of the
week. Oireachtas TV is currently available on Sky Channel 574, Virgin Media Channel 207,
eirVision Channel 504, Vodafone TV Channel 201 and is currently going through technical
testing on Saorview Channel 22. Oireachtas TV is also available worldwide on
www.Oireachtas,ie and the Oireachtas App.
The Houses of the Oireachtas Service also provides live and recorded webcasts of the Dáil,
Seanad, and four Committee Rooms, on the Internet, on the Oireachtas network, and on the
Government Networks. To see the webcasting service click on "Watch & Listen" on the home
page of the Oireachtas web site (www.oireachtas.ie).
Live webcasting is available in the following formats:
• Windows Media Player video and Internet radio;
• Flash;
Recordings are usually available within two days of a meeting. Users may also create their own
links to video clips of webcast recordings using a simple tool. These links to the video clips can
be included in an email or on a web page.
The webcasting service is managed by the Communications Unit using feeds provided by the
Broadcasting Unit, and is provided in association with HEAnet, Ireland's National Research and
Education Network. If you have any difficulty accessing the service, please contact the
Communications Unit at [email protected]achtas.ie.
The transcript of a meeting is also made available on the Committee web site approximately 34 working days after the meeting.
Other fact sheets available:
Fact Sheet 1: Oireachtas Committees of the 31st Dáil / 24th Seanad
Fact Sheet 2: The Role and Work of Oireachtas Committees
Fact Sheet 3: The Role and Work of Oireachtas Committees relative to EU Affairs
Fact Sheet 4: The Oireachtas National Parliament Office, Brussels
Fact Sheet 5: Making Submissions and Presentations to Oireachtas Committees
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