The Houses of the Oireachtas Service respects the rights of all users of our online services and we take your privacy very seriously. This privacy policy outlines how we collect and use information when you use our online services, ie, the website, the Oireachtas social media accounts, or the Oireachtas app.

Collection and storage of data

When you visit some information is automatically retrieved about your visit to our site. The information that may be retrieved includes:

  • your IP address
  • the search terms you used
  • the pages you accessed on the website and the links you clicked on
  • the date and time you visited the site
  • the referring site (if any) through which you clicked through to this site
  • your operating system (eg, Windows or Mac)
  • the type of web browser you use (eg, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox)
  • other data like your screen resolution and the language setting of your browser.

The statistical information referred to above will be viewable by certain Houses of the Oireachtas Service staff, contractors or third parties who provide administration and/or support services for our website. The information is used to produce summary reports on usage and performance of our online services, and to help us analyse and improve our website content and functionality. We do not use any of the information above to personally identify visitors --- it is used in aggregate form only. 

Where you voluntarily provide personal information, for example your email address to subscribe to our email alerts or as part of a public petition or a questionnaire, the data will be used only for the reasons provided and/or for research or analysis purposes. In the case of email alerts, you will always have a clear mechanism to remove yourself from future mailings. You should note that any petitions you submit may be published in their entirety, or with some redaction.


Cookies are small pieces of information, stored in simple text files, placed on your computer by a website. Some cookies can be read by the website on your subsequent visits. The information stored in a cookie may relate to your browsing habits on the webpage, or a unique identification number so that the website can "remember" you on your return visit. Other cookies are deleted when you close your browser and only relate to the working of the website. Generally speaking, cookies do not contain personal information from which you can be identified, unless you have furnished such information to the website. uses cookies in a number of places:

  • When you first visit, you will see a message informing you about cookies. If you click the 'I Accept' button, will set a cookie which records your preference.
  • Analytical cookies from Google Analytics are used throughout our website. These cookies collect information that is used in aggregate form to help us understand how our websites is being used.

Other third party cookies

Some cookies that have been set on our website are not related to the Houses of the Oireachtas. If you visit a page on our website with content embedded from, for example, YouTube, that service provider may use their own cookies. We do not control the use of these cookies -- they can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. You should check the third party websites for more information about these cookies.

Controlling cookies

You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. To do this you should go to your web browser controls where you can set or amend your cookie preferences. If you choose to reject cookies, you may still use our website though your ability to use some areas of the website may be limited. As the means by which you can refuse cookies through your web browser controls vary from browser to browser, you should visit your browser’s HELP menu for more information. The following links may help you find out more about how to manage your cookies in the most popular browsers.

Social media platforms

We maintain a presence on several social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook. Any information, communications, or materials you submit to us via a social media platform is done at your own risk without any expectation of privacy. We cannot control the actions of other users of these platforms or the actions of the platforms themselves. Your interactions with those features and platforms are governed by the privacy policies of the companies that provide them.

Third party websites

Our website includes links to other websites. These third party websites have their own privacy policies, and are also likely to use cookies. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any website you visit.

We currently use MailChimp ( to help us deliver our email alerts, including our weekly schedule. MailChimp participates in and has certified its compliance to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. Specifically, MailChimp has the TRUSTe's Privacy Seal -- TRUSTe is an independent third party that operates a globally recognized privacy trustmark. Mailchimp states it is committed to treating all personal data received from EU member countries in accordance with the Privacy Shield framework’s applicable principles. You should read MailChimp’s privacy policy for more information as you agree to this, and the transfer of your information to MailChimp which is based in the US, when you sign up to email alerts from us.

Your personal data

If you have any concerns or queries about how your personal data is processed via this website, please do not hesitate to contact us. The Compliance Officer for the purposes of the Data Protection Acts is:
Ms. Jennifer McGrath
Houses of the Oireachtas Service
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 XR20
+353 1 618 4738

For further details on your data privacy rights, please refer to

Glossary of technical terms used

Web Browser
The piece of software you use to read web pages. Examples are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

IP Address
The identifying details for your computer (or your internet company's computer), expressed in internet protocol code (for example Every computer connected to the web has a unique IP address, although the address may not be the same every time a connection is made.


We may change this Privacy Policy at any time and from time to time. The most recent version of the Privacy Policy is reflected by the version date located at the bottom of this page.

Last updated: 24 April 2017