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


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.

The restoration of Leinster House

Leinster House is a Georgian building of great historical and architectural significance. While the interiors have been carefully managed over the years, the original house now needs major structural conservation work to ensure its preservation for generations to come.

Historical documents

The Oireachtas Library & Research Service holds a collection of historical documents and documents laid before the Oireachtas.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

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.