Parliamentary Debates

RSS Feeds

General Information

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and it is a very effective way of keeping up-to-date with the latest information. For further information and a list of news aggregators, see our page on RSS XML Feeds

The easiest way to see the RSS feeds is to look out for the RSS button being activated in the browser. You can then click it to see the relevant RSS Feed. Not all Debate RSS feeds have a default page, so a complete list is given below.

Available Feeds for Debates

Feeds are available for General Debates (All Debates), Dáil and Seanad Debates and Committee Debates as listed below. Some RSS Feeds are relevant to a particular House, Year, Month or Day. In each URL below make substitutions as follows:

  • Replace {HOUSE} with either dail or seanad, depending on which one you want.
  • Replace {CCC} with the code for the committee you want.
  • Replace {YYYY} with the year that you want.
  • Replace {MM} with the month (including leading zero) that you want.
  • Replace {DD} with the day of the month (including leading zero) that you want.

General Debates

  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/debates.xml - The latest 20 debates.
    This is the default RSS (available through the browser) for the main Debates page.
  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/updates.xml - The latest 20 debates published.
    If the HTML needs to be amended for a debate in 1972, this will appear at the top of the list until another debate is amended.
  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie//bills/{YYYY}/default.xml - Bills passing through the houses.
    A list of Bills passing through the houses during a particular year.

Dáil and Seanad Debates

  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/default.xml - The latest 20 debates for the Dáil.
    This is the default RSS Feed (available through the browser) for the main content page for the Dáil Debates (Menu of years available). For each debate, the main subjects in the table of contents are listed.
  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/seanad/default.xml - The latest 20 debates for the Seanad.
    This is the default RSS Feed for the main content page for the Seanad (Menu of years available). For each debate, the main subjects in the table of contents are listed.
  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/{HOUSE}/{YYYY}/index.xml - Yearly Index for a house.
    This is the default RSS feed for the corresponding yearly index page. It lists the subjects debated, with the relevant dates.
  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/{HOUSE}/{YYYY}/{MM}/index.xml - Monthly Index for a house.
    This is the default RSS feed for the corresponding monthly index page. It lists the subjects debated, with the relevant dates.
  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/{HOUSE}/{YYYY}/{MM}/{DD}/index.xml - Index for a house on a particular day.
    This is the default RSS feed for the corresponding index page. It lists the subjects debated, with links to the debate.
  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/{HOUSE}/{YYYY}/{MM}/{DD}/default.xml - Table of Contents for a house on a particular day.
    This is the default RSS feed for the corresponding Table of Contents page. It lists the Headings, in the order in which they were dealt with, with links to the debate.
  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/{HOUSE}/{YYYY}/{MM}/{DD}/speakers.xml - List of Speakers for a house on a particular day.
    This is the default RSS feed for the corresponding Speakers page. It lists the Speakers alphabetically by Surname, showing how many times a speaker spoke, voted Yes or No, or Asked or Answered Questions. All speakers link back to the corresponding Speakers page.
  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/{YYYY}/{MM}/{DD}/questions.xml - Questions by Department for a particular day.
    This is the default RSS feed for the corresponding Questions page. Under each department it lists the Questions alphabetically, with links to another RSS feed for the department.
  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/{YYYY}/{MM}/{DD}/questions{XX}.xml - Questions for a Department for a particular day.
    This RSS feed is reached from the previous feed. The department Questions are listed alphabetically, with the question numbers and a link to the first question.
  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/{YYYY}/{MM}/{DD}/allquestions.xml - All Questions for a particular day.
    This RSS feed lists all Questions alphabetically, with the question numbers and a link to the first question.

Committee Debates

  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/committees/default.xml - The latest 20 Committee debates.
    This is the default RSS Feed (available through the browser) for the main Committee page (Menu of years available).
  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/{CCC}/{YYYY}/{MM}/{DD}/index.xml - Index for a Committee on a particular day.
    This is the default RSS feed for the corresponding index page. It lists the subjects debated, with links to the debate.
  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/{CCC}/{YYYY}/{MM}/{DD}/default.xml - Table of Contents for a Committee on a particular day.
    This is the default RSS feed for the corresponding Table of Contents page. It lists the Headings, in the order in which they were dealt with, with links to the debate.
  • http://debates.oireachtas.ie/{CCC}/{YYYY}/{MM}/{DD}/speakers.xml - List of Speakers for a Committee on a particular day.
    This is the default RSS feed for the corresponding Speakers page. It lists the Speakers alphabetically by Surname, showing how many times a speaker spoke, voted Yes or No, or Asked or Answered Questions. All speakers link back to the corresponding Speakers page.

Raw XML Files

The raw XML files from which the website is created are available to the public, for research purposes, at debates.oireachtas.ie/xml.