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

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

Tue, 24 Nov 2020

Joint Committee On Housing, Local Government And Heritage
General Scheme of the Marine Planning and Development Management Bill: Discussion

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Thu, 19 Nov 2020

Joint Committee On Key Issues Affecting The Traveller Community
Election of Chairman

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Thu, 19 Nov 2020

Select Committee On Justice
Message to Dáil

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Thu, 19 Nov 2020

Committee Of Public Accounts
Central Fund Related Accounts - Revenue Account 2019

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Press releases

24 Nov 2020, 16.53

Committee of Public Accounts to discuss C&AG’s 2019 accounts and reports with Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

24 Nov 2020, 16.41

Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands to discuss the Pandemic Unemployment Payment scheme

24 Nov 2020, 15.50

Joint Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment to discuss ‘Duffy Cahill Report’ with Minister English

24 Nov 2020, 12.59

Joint Committee on Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht to discuss impact of Covid-19 on Dancing Sector and Arts Council

Recent reports

Tue, 24 Nov 2020

Third revised report of the Business Committee for 24 - 26 November 2020
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 24 - 26 November 2020

Tue, 24 Nov 2020

Second revised report of the Business Committee for 24 - 26 November 2020
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 24 - 26 November 2020

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Revised report of the Business Committee for 24 - 26 November 2020
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 24 - 26 November 2020

Thu, 19 Nov 2020

Report of the Business Committee for 24 - 26 November 2020
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Tuesday to Thursday, 24 - 26 November 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.