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.

Final report of the Special Committee on Covid-19 Response

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Final report of the Special Committee on Covid-19 Response

The Special Committee on Covid-19 Response has published its final report. The report examines the State’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic as it evolved since early 2020 and highlights areas requiring ongoing oversight and accountability. These will now fall to be undertaken by the various sectoral joint committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas.

How do Committees scrutinise Government spending?

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How do Committees scrutinise Government spending?

These infographics ilustrate the process by which Committees engage in scrutiny of the Estimates for Public Services. The Estimates set out how most Government spending will provide public services each year.

Recent debates

Today, 21 Oct 2020

Joint Committee On European Union Affairs
Brexit Negotiations: Members of the House of Lords

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Tue, 20 Oct 2020

Joint Committee On Housing, Local Government And Heritage
General Scheme of the Water Environment (Abstractions) Bill 2020: Discussion

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Tue, 20 Oct 2020

Joint Committee On Agriculture And The Marine
Challenges for the Forestry Sector: Discussion

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Thu, 15 Oct 2020

Joint Committee On Education, Further And Higher Education, Research, Innovation And Science
Reduced School Timetables

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Press releases

21 Oct 2020, 16.38

Committee of Public Accounts to discuss C&AG’s accounts and reports for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

20 Oct 2020, 17.41

Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) to discuss C&AG’s Appropriation Accounts 2018 and 2019 for Department of Education

20 Oct 2020, 17.23

Joint Committee on Climate Action to continue Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020

20 Oct 2020, 17.21

Joint Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment to discuss measures to support enterprise contained in Budget 2021

Recent reports

Today, 21 Oct 2020

Second Revised report of the Business Committee for 20 - 22 October 2020
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 21 - 23 October 2020

Tue, 20 Oct 2020

Revised report of the Business Committee for 20 - 22 October 2020
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 20 - 22 October 2020

Fri, 16 Oct 2020

Report of the Business Committee for 20 - 22 October 2020
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 20 - 22 October 2020

Fri, 9 Oct 2020

Final Pre-Budget Report
Committee on Budgetary Oversight Final Pre-Budget Report

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.