Database of Parliamentary Speeches in Ireland, 1919-2013

Published in IEEE Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on the Frontiers and Advances in Data Science (FADS), 2017

Recommended citation: Alexander Herzog and Slava Jankin Mikhaylov (2017). "Database of Parliamentary Speeches in Ireland, 1919-2013." IEEE Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on the Frontiers and Advances in Data Science (FADS), 23-25 October 2017, Xi’an, China: 29-34.

We present a database of parliamentary debates that contains the complete record of parliamentary speeches from Dáil Éireann, the lower house and principal chamber of the Irish parliament, from 1919 to 2013. In addition, the database contains background information on all TDs (Teachta Dála, members of parliament), such as their party affiliations, constituencies and office positions. The current version of the database includes close to 4.5 million speeches from 1,178 TDs. The speeches were downloaded from the official parliament website and further processed and parsed. Background information on TDs was collected from the member database of the parliament website. Data on cabinet positions (ministers and junior ministers) was collected from the official website of the government. A record linkage algorithm and human coders were used to match TDs and ministers.

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