‌‌‌‌Select Committee on Members' Interests of Dáil Éireann

The Select Committee on Members' Interests of Dáil Éireann is a Standing Committee whose appointment is provided for in section 8 of the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995 as amended by the Standards in Public Office Act 2001 (“the Acts”) and Standing Order 101 of the Standing Orders relative to Public Business of Dáil Éireann. The Committee is charged with performing the functions conferred on it by the Acts. Briefly, these functions are –

  • to draw up and publish to guidelines concerning steps to be taken by members to ensure compliance by them with the Acts;
  • to draw up a code of conduct for members;
  • at the request of a member, to give advice to the member in relation to any provision of the legislation to ensure compliance with the Acts;
  • where a complaint that a member has contravened the Acts is referred or made to the Committee, or the Committee considers it appropriate to do so, to carry out an investigation.

These functions of the Committee relate only to those members of Dáil Éireann who are not office holders (i.e. Taoiseach, a Minister, a Minister of State, etc).

Chairman: Thomas Pringle

 Member Party
John Browne Fianna Fáil
Olivia Mitchell Fine Gael
Thomas Pringle         Independent       
John Paul Phelan Fine Gael
Jack Wall Labour

Ethics Guidelines

Guidelines 2016 (English version) for Members of Dáil Éireann who are not Office Holders concerning the steps to be taken by them to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001.‌

Guidelines 2016 (Irish version)

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct ‌for Members of Dáil Éireann other than Office Holders. 

Reports - 31st Dáil

Report- results of an Investigation by the Committee concerning Deputy Clare Daly

Report  - results of an investigation by the Committee of a complaint concerning Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Report - Report to the Committee on Members' Interests of Dáil Éireann in accordance with Section 21(4) of the Standards in Public Office act : investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission into contraventions of Section 21(1) of the Standards in public office act 2001 by Mr Arthur Spring TD

Michael Lowry Complaint Investigation

Standards in Public Office Commission Record of Decision regarding Complaint referred by the Committee

Access Final Report on the Investigation into Complaint concerning Deputy Michael Lowry

Access Final Report - Michael Lowry Complaint Investigation (file size: 437kb) and Final Report Appendices (note large file size of 26MB)


Consideration of Matters Arising from the Under-Declaration of Value Added Tax by M&J Wallace Ltd.

Access Commitee on Members Interests Report

Reports - Previous Dáileanna

Report to the Committee on Members' Interests of Dáil Éireann in accordance with section 21(4) of the Standards in public office act 2001 : investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission into contraventions of section 21(1) of the Standards in Public Office Act 2001 (Date Laid: 7 May 2003)

Report of the results of an investigation into a complaint concerning Deputy Denis Foley (Date Laid: 18 May 2000)