Houses of Oireachtas launches smartphone app

15 Jan 2014

In a bid to create greater transparency in the Irish Government, the House of the Oireachtas has launched its own free app for iPhone and Android.

The app will enable users to access contact details of all TDs and senators, along with details regarding constituencies and what is happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Oireachtas Committees. Users can also follow all Government business live on video or audio streams.

The user can also keep updated on all news from the Houses of the Oireachtas, with links to a full listing of tweets and press releases. 

Seán Barrett, TD, Ceann Comahirle and chairman of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission, welcomed this initiative and said: “This app provides access to all public Oireachtas sittings and allows us to communicate with and engage with the public in this digital age. 

“Seventy-five per cent of all Irish web and social media activity is now mobile and I hope that this app proves to be an effective means of communications. I am particularly pleased that this project has been delivered on time and within budget and look forward to seeing it develop further in the coming months.”

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic