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Monday 30 June 2014

TDs Oireachtas attendance 2013

google docs folder with attendance data and stats

Source of data
Deputies Attendance Publication for 31st Dáil - 1st January 2013 - 31st December 2013

Attendance record can be imperfect as sometimes TDs forget to fob in, needs to be reconciled with dail record and committee atttendance at end of year.

I use Scraperwiki Table Extract to turn pdf into csv file but there is still alot rearranging to do.
with NotePad++ and Open Office Calc with Combining multiple columns into Column formula

Parliamentary Standard Allowance Rules TD Attendance 2013 Dail Sitting and Non-sitting recorded only up to only 120 days in total Number of Friday Sittings attended by TDs (within the 120 days recorded)

Total number of sittings days in the period 124
Total attendance recorded for allowance purposes 120

The number of attendances may be altered for attendance reconciliation adjustments before the end of year period. The regulations provide for reconciliation for (1) ill health reasons, (2) attendance by a member abroad in the performance of his/her duties as a member or office holder, or elsewhere in the state on behalf of a committee or (3) extraordinary circumstances which the appropriate authority determines are good and sufficient and could not have been foreseen. Administrative reconciliations are recorded based on specified evidence of attendance in Leinster House.
*includes non-sitting days on which committees may have sat.

so it counts up sitting and non-sitting attendance days (which include committee days) till both that reaches 120 and then stop counting (even sitting days). Also they could be marked in even when they havn't gone to Dail.

Flextime.ie Oireachtas/Irish Parliament - Case Study
Parliamentary Standard Allowance useful as it groups TDs by distance to Dail.

example of data being wrong ministers (and junior ministers) attendance not recorded. eg Lucinda Creighton early 2013 replaced by Pascal Donaghue, Tom Hayes late 2013.

Total Number of sitting days Attended (up to 120) by Distance Group to show how oftem most distance TDs show up for sitting days.

Total Number of non-sitting days Attended (up to 120) by Distance Group to show how oftem most distance TDs show up for sitting days. The lighter the more distant, so the higher the more days attended by the further TDs.

TD Attendance 2013 Dail Sitting and Non-sitting (up to 120) in total by Distance Group

Houses Of The Oireachtas Annual Report 2013 Sittings stats page 46.

Friday sittings are mostly optional days for opposition and back benchers to initiate private member bills.

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