Dáil debates

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

2:00 pm

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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Before calling on the leaders, I remind Members that Friday last, 9 September, marked 100 years since Dáil Éireann began meeting here in Leinster House. This location was selected by Michael Collins and leased for eight months from the Royal Dublin Society thus allowing the Third Dáil to meet here after the general election of June 1922. Unfortunately, Collins never took his seat as he was killed in August before the Dáil met and the nascent State saw the start of the Civil War period. Leinster House became the permanent home of the Houses of the Oireachtas in 1924. Since 1922 we have had 100 years of unbroken parliamentary democracy and are one of the few countries that can claim this remarkable feat.

This building, which is kept in magnificent order by the Office of Public Works, has served us well as the seat of Parliament since those revolutionary times.