Technical group

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In Irish politics, a technical group (Irish: grúpa teicniúil) is a parliamentary group of Teachtaí Dála (TDs) who associate to increase their speaking rights in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas.

Origin and policy[edit]

Only parliamentary groups with seven members or more have full speaking rights under Dáil standing orders, meaning that smaller parties and independent politicians would be unable to speak as often as parties with enough deputies to form their own groups. Prior to 1997, a technical group automatically came into being if there were seven or more independent TDs.[1] Since 1997, a group of TDs must agree to form a group.

Under standing orders, only one technical group may exist at any time,[2] with at least seven members and comprising a majority of deputies who are not members of another group in Dáil Éireann.[3]

Recent examples of technical groups include:


  1. ^ Harry McGee (2012-09-20). "Technical group moves over Wallace". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  2. ^ a b Collins, Stephen (2011-03-08). "Independents agree grouping". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Dáil Éireann - Standing Orders relative to Public Business
  4. ^ Collins, Stephen (10 December 2010). "SF forms Dáil Technical Group". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  5. ^ Brennan, Michael (2011-03-09). "Independents join forces to question Kenny". National News (Irish Independent). Retrieved 2011-05-03.