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The Idea

Dailwatch is a non-profit, politically neutral platform for citizens and their representatives to engage in direct, respectful communication with each other. Our mission is to increase transparency and accountability within the Irish political system. Anyone can ask any member of the Dáil a question in addition to accessing each TD’s voting behaviour and previous speeches. We are driven by a vision of a more accessible political elite and a more participatory citizen population. Each of us has a voice and our objective is to mobilize each individual to engage with the decision-making process.


 
The idea originated from and is a project in partnership with, a German charity called ParliamentWatch. ParliamentWatch extends down to the local level in Germany and attracts around 3 million users a month. All information about our German partners can be found here -http://www.abgeordnetenwatch.de/wir_ueber_uns-150-0.html#about_us.

The partnership came about following the Change Nation Summit, organized by Ashoka Ireland which took place in March 2012. Gregor Hackmack and Boris Hekele, the founders of the German platform came to Dublin for the Summit and following on from it, invited Sarah O'Neill, who was interning with Ashoka at the time, to initiate the project here. Dailwatch.ie is currently a project of the German charity and is funded here by the Rowntree Trust. The intention is to establish the project as an independent Irish charitable organization here in 2013.

The Advisory Board are not legally liable for any of the conduct of Dailwatch.ie. In addition to the Rowntree Trust, DailWatch also relies on one-off and regular donations, which are taken through the 'Donate with Paypal' option. .
 
The website is moderated according to a Code of Conduct to maintain the integrity of the forum. We have three moderators, Anna, Cillian and Dónal who ensure that no question or answer conflicts with our Code of Conduct. We do not edit questions or answers.

All questions and answers are stored permanently on the site forming the voters’ ‘virtual memory’ and encouraging consistency and accountability.