Dáil Éireann has its own specialised Committee system which advises on a wide range of legislative, social, economic and financial business.
Other work conducted by these Committees includes the processing of proposals for legislation (Bills) at Committee Stage and the examination of Government expenditure through scrutiny of Estimates.
The setting up of a well organised system of Joint Committees has resulted in Deputies and Senators having additional opportunities to participate to an even greater extent in specialised parliamentary work where they take evidence from interest groups, meet witnesses or invite key Departmental officials in on specific issues of interest.
A total of 1,300 witnesses gave evidence before Committees in 2008. On an ongoing basis Committees publish reports and results of investigations. These reports are available here; Committee Reports
Most Committees meet in public session and their proceedings are televised. Representatives of the media and members of the public may attend.