Each House, Dáil and Seanad, elects a chairperson and a deputy chairperson. The chairs are expected to act impartially, maintaining order in the Houses and ensuring all Members are treated fairly. If a division in either House results in a tie, the chair has the casting vote.

Denis O'Donovan


The Cathaoirleach is the chairperson of Seanad Éireann. The Cathaoirleach calls on Members to speak and keeps order in the House.

Paul Coghlan


The Leas-Chathaoirleach is the deputy chairperson of the Seanad, and performs the same role in the Seanad Chamber when the Cathaoirleach is absent.

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Ceann Comhairle

The Ceann Comhairle is the chairperson of Dáil Éireann. Given that the Ceann Comhairle cannot actively engage in politics, he or she is automatically re-elected in the subsequent general election.

Pat the Cope Gallagher

Leas-Cheann Comhairle

The Leas-Cheann Comhairle is the deputy chairperson of the Dáil, and performs the same duties in the Dáil Chamber when the Ceann Comhairle is absent.