90th anniversary of first meeting of Dail

Members of Irish parliament, the Oireachtas, gathered at the Mansion House in Dublin today to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first Dáil Éireann.

The first meeting of Dáil Éireann occurred on 21 January 1919 in the Round Room of the same building in January 1919 and 27 of the 70 deputies (TDs) of which it was composed were present. Thirty four were unable to attend because they had been imprisoned before the election and eight others were unable to attend. Cathal Brugha acted as deputy for its incarcerated President, Éamon de Valera.

 Today’s commemoration was attended by members of the Dail and Seanad as well as a number of former Taoisigh (Irish Prime Ministers) and members of the international diplomatic corps.

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