The first smartphone app for the Houses of the Oireachtas has been launched for Apple and Android phones.

The Oireachtas app is available for free and provides contact details for all TDs and Senators, along with parliamentary schedules and live video and audio streams.

Users will also have access to a full list of press releases and tweets.

The Oireachtas app is one of the key digital projects of the current Houses of the Oireachtas Communications Strategy 2012 - 2014.

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett said: "This app provides access to all public Oireachtas sittings and allows us to communicate with and engage with the public in this digital age. 

"75% of all Irish web and social media activity is now mobile and I hope that this app proves to be an effective means of communications."