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[Archive 31st Dáil] Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht

Committee adjourned sine die.

The 31st Dáil was dissolved on Wednesday, 3 February 2016.

The 24th Seanad will continue until 24 April 2016.


This Committee has a very broad remit and will shadow the activities of two Government departments and their associated bodies (see below for the list of bodies):

Public Policy

Important areas of public policy in the areas covered by these Departments include:

  • achieving balanced regional development;
  • local representation and planning matters;
  • environmental protection;
  • climate change;
  • promoting the development of Gaeltacht areas;
  • promoting the culture and heritage of Ireland.

Orders of Reference and Standing Orders

EU Matters

The Committee also deals with through the scrutiny of EU legislative proposals.

Work Programme

View the committee's Work Programme 2014 (2015 work programme will be published shortly).

Public Consultation

The Committee is carrying out a public for Ireland.

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

includes the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Culture Ireland

Cross border implementation bodies

(Co-sponsored by the Department along with the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland) in accordance with the terms of the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999.)

Associated bodies

Department of the
Environment, Community and Local Government

Associated bodies

Committee Membership and Contact Details

Select Committees and Sub-Committees



View Reports produced by the Committee

View Opening Statements to the Committee

View EU Matters Decision Lists

View Submissions on Climate Change to the Committee

The Licensing and Harvesting of Seaweed in Ireland

Public Consultation on an Electoral Commission in Ireland

Bills referred to the Committees

Public Consultation on the Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Bill 2015

Cemetery Management Bill 2013

Report of the Committee on Flooding and Property Insurance in Ireland, 2015

General Scheme of the Planning and Development No. 2 Bill 2015

Political Contribution on the European Parliament Resolution of 11 November 2015 on the Reform of the Electoral Law of the European Union (2015/20135(INL))


What's on this week

Next meeting: The committee adjourned sine die.

The 31st Dáil was dissolved on 3 February 2016.

The 32nd Dáil first met on 10 March 2016, but has yet to set up sectoral committees.

The Seanad election is currently underway, with a close of poll of Monday 25 April 2016 for the panel members, and Tuesday 26 April 2016 for the university members.

News from the Committee

2 February 16
Committee release findings on the Cemetery Management Bill 2013

2 February 16
Committee welcome proposed legislation setting up a regulator for Approved Housing Bodies

26 January 16
Environment Committee publish report on proposed Planning Regulator legislation


This Committee was established on 12 June 2012.

The Committee assumed relevant responsibilities from the former Joint Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht.