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

Pre-Budget Report

Latest report

Pre-Budget Report

The Committee on Budgetary Oversight has published its final pre-Budget 2022 report.

The report looks at the economic background to the Budget along with specific issues related to taxation revenue and Government spending.

It includes nine observations and recommendations by the Committee for Budget 2022 and beyond.

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, 14 Oct 2021

Committee Of Public Accounts
Business of Committee

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Thu, 14 Oct 2021

Committee On Public Petitions
Decisions on Public Petitions Received

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Wed, 13 Oct 2021

Joint Committee On Enterprise, Trade And Employment
General Scheme of the Consumer Rights Bill 2021: Discussion

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Wed, 13 Oct 2021

Joint Committee On European Union Affairs
State of the Union 2021: Discussion

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Press releases

18 Oct 2021, 18.23

Seanad Special Select Committee discuss Cross Border Healthcare Directive & Medicines for Ireland post-Brexit

18 Oct 2021, 17.20

Joint Committee on Transport and Communications to visit National Broadband rollout sites

18 Oct 2021, 16.55

Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action to discuss report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and COP26 with Minister Eamon Ryan

18 Oct 2021, 16.46

Higher & Further Education bodies meet with Education Committee on Leaving Certificate Reform

Recent reports

Fri, 15 Oct 2021

Report of the Business Committee for 19 - 21 October 2021
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 19 - 21 October 2021

Wed, 13 Oct 2021

Report on Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the General Scheme of the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2020
Joint Committee on Justice Report on Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the General Scheme of the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2020

Tue, 12 Oct 2021

Revised report of the Business Committee for 12 - 14 October 2021
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 12 - 14 October 2021

Thu, 7 Oct 2021

Report of the Business Committee for 12 - 14 October 2021
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 12 - 14 October 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.