In Summary - Parliamentary Reporter
Produces official reports of government proceedings.
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The Work - Parliamentary Reporter
Parliamentary Reporters work in the Debates Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas which is responsible for producing the Official Report of the proceedings of Dáil Éireann, Seanad Éireann and the various Oireachtas committees.
The work of a Parliamentary Reporter involves attendance in the Chambers of both Houses and committee rooms, logging proceedings and producing the report from the digital audio sound recording on the in-house bespoke debates authoring system using direct inputting and technologies such as voice recognition software.
Other tasks include the collation and production of replies to written parliamentary questions, revision/proofing of copy, indexing and other project-related work. The Debates Office is a dynamic environment with a dedicated, highly qualified and motivated staff who take immense pride in their work.
Staff are members of the British Irish Parliamentary Reporters Association, a professional network across parliaments in Ireland and the British Isles dedicated to attaining and maintaining the highest standards of parliamentary reporting.
The position requires an ability to work under pressure to meet agreed deadlines in submitting copy to the Editor of Debates for publication on the Oireachtas website in html, xml and pdf format. The job is demanding, requiring attention to detail and an ability to work under pressure. During the parliamentary session, Parliamentary Reporters typically work late into the night, often beyond midnight, at least three days a week on certain rosters. Candidates should be aware this is an essential element of the job.
- Reporting proceedings of Parliament for publication.
- Attendance in the Chambers of both Houses and committee rooms.
- Logging proceedings and producing the Official Report from the digital audio sound recording using direct inputting and voice recognition software on an in-house debates authoring system.
- The collation and production of replies to written parliamentary questions, revision/proofing of copy, indexing, and other project-related work.
In Ireland, the reporting relationship is with the Editor of Debates. The Parliamentary Reporter also works closely with other Parliamentary Reporters, Editors and Administrative Staff. The work of a Parliamentary Reporter at times requires contact with Deputies, Senators and other Oireachtas/departmental staff.
Interests - Parliamentary Reporter
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
- Knowledge of the English language;
- Comprehension skills;
- Excellent writing/editorial skills;
- A good knowledge of current affairs, national and international;
- A good knowledge of contemporary Irish politics;
- A good knowledge of modern Irish history;
- Strong interpersonal and communications skills;
- Team working;
- Strong information technology skills.
Entry Requirements - Parliamentary Reporter
A recognised honours degree (level 8 in the National Framework of Qualifications) is required for this role in an area such as politics, history, law, communications.
Academic or employment experience and published work, production of reports, theses etc. is valuable for entry to the role.
Last Updated: April, 2017
Pay & Salary - Parliamentary Reporter
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 35k - 63k
Civil Service Pay scale applies
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Last Updated: April, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.