Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

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
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1923
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
Twelve Plus Group

Speaker

Official title
Chairperson of the Senate (Cathaoirleach)
Speaker
Jerry Buttimer (Male)
Date of birth: 18 Mar 1967
Term
16 Dec 2022
Additional information

Elected on 16 Dec. 2022.

Speaker terms

No information available

Secretary general

Official title
Clerk
Secretary General
Martin Groves (Male)
Term
31 Jan 2017
Notes

Appointed on 31 January 2017.

Members

Statutory number of members
60

Notes:

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.

Principal mode of designation of members
Indirectly elected
Indirectly elected members
49
Appointed members
11
Current number of members
60
Men
36
Women
24
Percentage of women
40.0%
Statutory number of members per country 
220
Population (in thousands)
Click for historical data
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
23,291

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
Click for historical data
Youngest member
Kathryn Reilly (Female)
Youngest member (years)
23
Oldest member
Feargal Quinn (Male)
Oldest member (years)
75
Number of members, by age (2020-06)
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
Male 0 0 6 5 5 12 9 4 0 0 41
Female 0 1 4 0 3 7 3 0 0 0 18
Totals per age interval 0 1 10 5 8 19 12 4 0 0 59
Total <= 45: 16 Total >= 46: 43
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
1.7% 0.0% 1.7%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
18.6% 10% 8.5%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
27.1% 19% 8.5%

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
No
Electoral quota for women
No
Youth quota
No

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
Constitution

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No