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Ireland

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House of Representatives

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

Openness and transparency

Information about access to parliamentary documents, parliament’s reporting to the public, parliament’s relation to Freedom of Information laws, and lobbying.

Parliamentary documents

The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance.
The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance.
Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site.
Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website.
Citizens can submit comments on draft legislation on the parliamentary web site

Annual reporting by parliament

Parliament publishes an annual report on its activities
The annual report is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes
Parliament publishes the parliamentary budget
Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public: Only the total amount; A summary of the main elements; The complete budget
The complete budget
The parliamentary budget is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes

Access to parliament

Plenary meetings are open to the public
Committee meetings are open to the public
Notes
Not open to public when meetings are private.
There is a dedicated channel for broadcasting parliamentary meetings A dedicated channel is one that is mainly about parliament, and is accessible free of charge to the general public. The channel might be owned by Parliament or a public or private company. Dedicated channels may be broadcast by parliament, government, or another broadcaster. They may be carried on television, radio or the Internet (webcasting).
Media used for the dedicated channel
TV
Webcast
Meetings broadcast on the dedicated channel
Plenary sittings
Committee meetings

Freedom of information

There is a freedom of information law in the country
Yes
Parliament is subject to the freedom of information law
Parliament has an office/division dedicated to FOI requests
Yes
Categories of Information that are exempt from disclosure Certain categories of information may be exempt from disclosure
General exemptions in the Freedom of Information legislation include commercially sensitive and personal information. The specific exemptions for Parliament are as follows: 1. official documents of the Houses of the Oireachtas and their committees; 2. private papers of members; 3. draft strategic plans, directions from the Commission to the Secretary General about the Strategic Plan. ( http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/1997/act/13/section/19/enacted/en/html#partiii ; Constitution, art. 15; Houses of the Oireachtas Commission Acts 2003 and 2006, section 16.4.d; Public Service Management Act, 1997, section 5.3).

Lobbying

There are rules about the activities of lobbyists in parliament
There is a register of accredited lobbyists