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iLawmakers: TDs and Senators to get tablet devices from Oireachtas

The devices will allow TDs and Senators to carry out their work more efficiently and will cut the cost of printing texts of bills and other documentation, Leinster House authorities say.

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte could take a picture of his own face if and when he gets an Oireachtas tablet
Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte could take a picture of his own face if and when he gets an Oireachtas tablet
Image: Photocall Ireland

THE OIREACHTAS HAS confirmed that TDs and Senators are to get tablet devices to carry out their parliamentary work.

A report in today’s Irish Times says that the Oireachtas Commission has decided to put out a tender for the tablets which will eventually allow members to access the text of bills and other Oireachtas resources on their tablet.

The Oireachtas has confirmed that this will be happening but says that it will be optional for TDs and Senators to avail of the free tablets.

Leinster House authorities also say they are examining the Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) model which could deliver cost reductions “down the line”.

A number of TDs and senators already have tablet devices such as iPads and can often be seen working on them in the chambers or in committee hearings.

Let’s hope that Enda and Lucinda will be a bit happier when they get their free Oireachtas tablet. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

More than 200 devices will be offered free-of-charge to TDs and Senators but they will remain the property of the Oireachtas so will have to be handed back if and when a member loses their seat.

Oireachtas authorities believe the purchase will be “cost-neutral” with money saved from a reduction in the amount of printing that will take place.

They also say that the measure is in line with other national parliaments such as Westminster in London.

Here are some options for the Oireachtas authorities:

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