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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

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, 19 May 2022

Committee Of Public Accounts
Business of Committee

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Thu, 19 May 2022

Joint Committee On International Surrogacy
Preventing the Sale, Exploitation and Trafficking of Children: Discussion

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Tue, 17 May 2022

Joint Committee On Children, Equality, Disability, Integration And Youth
Ukrainian Crisis: Discussion

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Tue, 17 May 2022

Joint Sub-Committee On Mental Health
Eating Disorders: Bodywhys

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Press releases

25 May 2022, 17.35

Committee of Public Accounts to examine 2020 Appropriation Accounts for Department of Health and the 2020 Financial Statements of HSE

25 May 2022, 17.05

Committee to begin series of hearings from leading figures behind Good Friday Agreement

25 May 2022, 16.30

Joint Committee on Public Petitions to resume consideration of petition to ban herbicides in public areas

25 May 2022, 15.15

Joint Committee on International Surrogacy to discuss the potential for double standards in the protection afforded mothers in domestic arrangements and separately the Verona Principles

Recent reports

Tue, 24 May 2022

Urban Regeneration
Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage Urban Regeneration, May 2022

Fri, 20 May 2022

Work Programme 2022
Joint Committee on Disability Matters Work Programme 2022, March 2022

Fri, 20 May 2022

Report of the Business Committee for 24 - 26 May 2022
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 24 - 26 May 2022

Wed, 18 May 2022

Report on the detailed scrutiny of the Microgeneration Support Scheme Bill
Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action Report on the detailed scrutiny of the Microgeneration Support Scheme Bill, May 2022

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.

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