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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.

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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 Select Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality will meet in Public Session on Thursday 5th March and Friday the 6th of March to take the following legislation in Committee:

Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015

[Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice and Equality]


Commencement - 9.30 a.m. each day in CR 4 and CR 2 respectively.

News from the Committee

24 February 15
Justice Committee to consider undocumented migrants in Ireland

17 February 15
Justice Committee to continue discussions on gangland crime

12 February 15
Justice Committee hears differing perspectives on firearms review at Garda HQ and Nurney firing range


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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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