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Ireland

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Senate

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theHouse of Representatives

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Oireachtas (Parliament)
Chamber name
Seanad Éireann - Senate (Senate)
Structure & Status of parliament This field is to indicate lower/upper in the back end.
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1923-01
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
Twelve Plus Group

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
Chairman of the Senate (An Cathaoirleach)
Speaker
Denis O'Donovan (Male)
Year of birth
1955
Term
08.06.2016
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Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Clerk
Secretary general
Martin Groves (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 31 January 2017.

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
Principal mode of designation of members
Indirectly elected members Indirectly elected, for example by regional parliaments or an electoral college.
49
Appointed members Appointed, for example, by the Head of State.
11
Note on the statutory number of members
Indirectly elected: includes: - 43 members elected by panels of candidates; - Three members each elected by the National University of Ireland and the University of Dublin. Appointed members: appointed by the Prime Minister.
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
60
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
18
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
30% See historical data for this field.
Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
Population (in thousands) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
4,700
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Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
21,560 See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
Not available
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Kathryn Reilly (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
75
Oldest member
Feargal Quinn (Male)
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 1 10 5 8 19 12 4 0 0
Total <= 45: 16 Total >= 46: 43
Male 0 0 6 5 5 12 9 4 0 0 41
Female 0 1 4 0 3 7 3 0 0 0 18
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger1.69%0%1.69%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger18.64%10.17%8.47%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger27.12%18.64%8.47%
Members for whom data is available
59

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.