Schedule of meetings

About committees

Oireachtas committees advise the Houses of the Oireachtas on a range of specific areas. Committee members include TDs, Senators or both. Committees receive submissions and presentations from members of the public, interest groups and Government Departments. Their public meetings are broadcast live and recorded and they may publish reports on specific issues. Committees also scrutinise Government expenditure and debate proposed legislation.

Committees 33rd Dáil / 26th Seanad

Covid-19 and mental health services

Latest report

Covid-19 and mental health services

The Sub-Committee on Mental Health has published its interim report on Covid-19 and its effect on mental health services in the community.

The United Nations has warned that Covid-19 risks sparking a significant global mental health crisis and has reported higher than usual levels of symptoms of depression and anxiety across various countries.

The Sub-Committee intends to further explore this issue and publish its final report at the end of the year.

How do Committees scrutinise Government spending?

Scrutiny of Estimates

How do Committees scrutinise Government spending?

Scrutinising Government spending is one of the important functions of Dáil Éireann and its select Committees. Find out more about the process by which Committees scrutinise the Government's annual Estimates for spending on public services.

Recent debates

Thu, 23 Sep 2021

Committee Of Public Accounts
Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed)

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Thu, 23 Sep 2021

Committee On Budgetary Oversight
Pre-Budget 2022 Scrutiny (Resumed): Minister for Finance

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Thu, 23 Sep 2021

Joint Committee On Key Issues Affecting The Traveller Community
Traveller Accommodation: Discussion (Resumed)

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Thu, 23 Sep 2021

Joint Committee On Disability Matters
Participation of People with Disabilities in Political, Cultural, Community and Public Life: Discussion

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Press releases

27 Sep 2021, 18.58

Agriculture Committee debates the Veterinary Practice (Amendment) Bill 2021

27 Sep 2021, 18.47

Justice Committee to discuss Courts and Courthouses

27 Sep 2021, 18.40

Oireachtas Committee meets with Ad-Hoc Group for North-South and East-West Cooperation

27 Sep 2021, 18.27

Education Committee begins examination on Leaving Certificate Reform

Recent reports

Mon, 27 Sep 2021

Tuarascáil an Todhchaí na gColáistí Samhraidh Gaeilge agus an Tacaíocht atá á hiarraidh ina Leith
Tuarascáil Chomhchoiste na Gaeilge, na Gaeltachta agus Phobal Labhartha na Gaeilge ar Thodhchaí na gColáistí Samhraidh Gaeilge agus an Tacaíocht atá á hiarraidh ina Leith, Meán Fómhair 2021

Fri, 24 Sep 2021

Report of the Business Committee for 28 - 30 September 2021
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 28 - 30 September 2021

Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Report of the Business Committee for 21 - 23 September 2021
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 21 - 23 September 2021

Wed, 15 Sep 2021

Report on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
Joint Committee on European Union Affairs report on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) September 2021

Scrutiny of EU legislation

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Scrutiny of EU legislation

What happens when the EU proposes new legislation for member states? This infographic outlines how the Oireachtas reviews and responds to such proposals.

Parliamentary inquiries

A number of parliamentary inquiries have been conducted by the Houses of the Oireachtas. The reports of these parliamentary inquiries have been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Archive

To find a report published by a committee of a previous Dáil, search the Oireachtas Library & Research Service catalogue. There, you will find all committee reports and other documents laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.

If you are interested in what was said at a public meeting of a committee, visit the committee debates page and search by date.

For other information about committees of the 31st Dáil, which sat from March 2011 to February 2016, you could browse the archive of committees of the 31st Dáil.

Glossary

Do you know your standing committees from your joint committees from your select committees? Decode parliamentary jargon with our A to Z guide.

What are standing Committees?

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What are standing Committees?

Standing Committees are established by Standing Orders of the Oireachtas and fulfill functions that are required by every parliament, such as the scrutiny of public accounts.

What is the difference between select and joint Committees?

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What is the difference between select and joint Committees?

A select Committee includes Members from either the Dáil or the Seanad, but not both. A joint Committee has Members from both Dáil and Seanad.