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Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality

Traditionally, the Justice, Defence and Equality Committee has been a forum for Oireachtas members from all parties and none to have a meaningful input into key legislation and policy areas which have real significance.

It plays a major role in considering policy in the fields of justice, security, the rule of law, equality, defence and immigration to ensure that Irish society is safe, secure, just, open-minded and impartial.  View and current Work Programme 2012.

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Have your say: Justice Committee seeks public submissions

The Committee is inviting submissions from interested groups and individuals a recent review of Firearms licencing. Access ‌Firearms Review - Invite for submission

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What's on this week

The Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality will meet on Wednesday 17 December 2014 in CR2 LH2000 at 9.30 a.m. to consider the following:

9.30 a.m.

Private Session; and

10.30 a.m.


Briefing in relation to the Report of the Working Group on Review of Firearms Licensing [Officials from the Department of Justice and Equality and Representatives from An Garda Síochána will be in attendance]


News from the Committee

25 November 14
Justice Committee to discuss judicial appointments with academics

19 November 14
Justice Committee to seek submissions on Department review of firearms licensing

18 November 14
Justice Committee to discuss ‘problem drinking’ with VFI and NOffLA


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  • 16 October 2014: Justice Committee launches report on hearings on domestic and sexual violence
    Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD and Anne Ferris TD launch Justice Committee report on hearings on domestic and sexual violence.

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