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Thursday 3 July 2014

Senators Oireachtas attendance 2013

google docs folder with attendance data and stats

Source of data
Senators 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 attendance at end of year.

I use Scraperwiki Table Extract to turn pdf into csv file but there is still alot rearranging to do.

Total number of sittings days in the period 111
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 reaches 120 and then stop counting (even sitting days). Also they could be marked in even when they havn't gone to Seanad.

Flextime.ie Oireachtas/Irish Parliament - Case Study

Parliamentary Standard Allowance useful as it groups Senators by distance to Oireachtas.

example of data being wrong

Parliamentary Standard Allowance Rules Sitting and Non-sitting recorded only up to only 120 days in total

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

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