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Oireachtas

Background Color#009b48
Text Colorwhite
NameOireachtas
Native NameNational Parliament
Coa PicOireachtas_logo.svg
Coa Res130px
Session RoomLeinsterhouse.jpg
House TypeBicameral
HousesDáil Éireann
Seanad Éireann
Leader1 TypeCeann Comhairle
Leader1Seán Barrett
Party1(FG)
Election19 March 2011
Leader2 TypeCathaoirleach
Leader2Paddy Burke
Party2(FG)
Election225 May 2011
Members226
166 TDs
60 Senators
House1Dáil Éireann
House2Seanad Éireann
Structure1Current Dáil Éireann composition.svg
Structure1 Res250px
Structure2Current Seanad Éireann composition.svg
Structure2 Res250px
Political Groups1Government coalition *  Fine Gael (74) *  Labour Party (37) Opposition parties *  Fianna Fáil (19) *  Sinn Féin (14) *  Socialist Party (2) *  People Before Profit (2) *  WUAG (1) *  Independents (15) *  Vacant (1) Chairman *  Ceann Comhairle (1)
Political Groups2  Fine Gael (19)
  Fianna Fáil (14)
  Labour Party (12)
  Sinn Féin (3)
  Independents (12)
Last Election125 February 2011
Last Election226 April 2011
Meeting PlaceLeinster House, Dublin

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The Oireachtas (-gaɛrʲaxt̪ˠasˠ), sometimes referred to as Oireachtas Éireann, is the "national parliament" or legislature of Ireland. The Oireachtas consists of:

*The President of Ireland

*The two Houses of the Oireachtas ( ):

**Dáil Éireann (Lower house)

**Seanad Éireann (Upper house)

The Houses of the Oireachtas sit in Leinster House in Dublin, an eighteenth-century ducal palace. The directly elected Dáil is by far the most powerful branch of the Oireachtas.


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