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Dáil Éireann has its own specialised Committee system which advises on a wide range of legislative, social, economic and financial business. The various Committees meet regularly during the session: see weekly schedule of Committee meetings.

Other work conducted by 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. The discussions at public committee meetings can be viewed in our Committee Debates.

On an ongoing basis Committees publish reports based on the meetings and hearings they have held. These reports are available here:  Committee Reports 2011-2016.

Most Committees meet in public session and their proceedings are broadcast live. Representatives of the media and members of the public may attend.

Note about Committees of the 31st Dáil (2011-2016)

All the information relating to the work of the committees of the 31st Dáil is available here.