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.

Interim report on Covid-19 testing and tracing

Latest report

Interim report on Covid-19 testing and tracing

The Special Committee on Covid-19 Response has issued an interim report on the testing and tracing regime put in place to deal with cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. The report highlights the importance of testing and tracing contacts which is central to allowing the phased reopening of commercial and social activity.

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

Thu, 24 Sep 2020

Committee Of Public Accounts
Business of Committee

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Wed, 23 Sep 2020

Special Committee On Covid-19 Response
Covid-19: Strategic Options for Government Plan to Eliminate Community Transmission

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Fri, 18 Sep 2020

Special Committee On Covid-19 Response
Covid-19: Impact on Sport in Ireland

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Thu, 17 Sep 2020

Committee Of Public Accounts
Business of Committee

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Press releases

28 Sep 2020, 19.09

Joint Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment to meet for first time

28 Sep 2020, 17.30

Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee to meet with with HSE chief Paul Reid and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly this week

23 Sep 2020, 18.48

Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) to discuss ‘disappointing and unacceptable’ response from HSE to request for information

22 Sep 2020, 03.51

Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee to discuss community transmission of Covid - 19

Recent reports

Mon, 28 Sep 2020

Revised report of the Business Committee for 29 September - 1 October 2020
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 29 September - 1 October 2020 - Arrangements for Special Committe on Covid-19 Response will be notified separately

Fri, 25 Sep 2020

Report of the Business Committee for 29 September - 1 October 2020
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 29 September - 1 October 2020 - Arrangements for Special Committe on Covid-19 Response will be notified separately

Tue, 22 Sep 2020

Third revised report of the Business Committee for 22 - 24 September 2020
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 22 - 24 September 2020 and for the Special Committee on Covid-19 Response, Wednesday 23 September 2020

Fri, 18 Sep 2020

Revised report of the Business Committee for 22 - 24 September 2020
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 22 - 24 September 2020 and for the Special Committee on Covid-19 Response, Wednesday 23 September 2020

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.