The Public Petitions System presents an important new avenue for members of the public to participate in the democratic process. For the first time, through the petitions process, all citizens will be able to take their policy concerns directly to their National Parliament and, in doing so, influence the parliamentary agenda.
The Joint Oireachtas sub-Committee on Petitions, which receives the petitions, will serve as a robust forum to explore concerns in public service delivery, with a focus on outcomes that are responsive to the needs of citizens.
On receiving an admissible petition, the Joint sub-Committee may invite the petitioner to appear before it to speak on the subject matter of the petition. The Joint sub-Committee may also seek oral or written evidence from relevant organisations such as government departments, other appropriate bodies or stakeholders. The sub-Committee has the power to invite government ministers to attend meetings and answer questions about the petition.
Contacting the Committee
Clerk to the Joint sub-Committee on Public Petitions
Houses of the Oireachtas
Petitions Tel: 01-6184216