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

Access to Covid-19 vaccination in developing countries

Latest report

Access to Covid-19 vaccination in developing countries

The Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence has published a report on the issue of distribution of Covid-19 vaccines to developing countries.

The report states that without global equitable access to vaccination against Covid-19, the world will remain at risk.

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

Tue, 20 Apr 2021

Joint Committee On Agriculture And The Marine
Proposed Amendments to the Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions: Discussion

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Tue, 20 Apr 2021

Joint Committee On Enterprise, Trade And Employment
Business of Joint Committee

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Tue, 20 Apr 2021

Joint Committee On Disability Matters
National Disability Inclusion Strategy: Discussion (Resumed)

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Tue, 20 Apr 2021

Joint Committee On European Union Affairs
EU Industrial Policy Priorities, including Vaccine Production and Digital Transformation: Discussion with Commissioner Thierry Breton

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Press releases

20 Apr 2021, 14.13

Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage will meet later today with Minister Darragh O’Brien

20 Apr 2021, 11.30

Joint Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment calls for new Corporate Enforcement Authority to be given powers and resources to tackle ‘white collar crime’

20 Apr 2021, 10.45

Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands to meet Minister Humphreys to discuss Strategy for Rural Development

19 Apr 2021, 17.06

Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to meet tomorrow to resume discussion on the provision of Special Needs Education

Recent reports

Tue, 20 Apr 2021

Interim Report on Homelessness
Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government & Heritage Interim Report on Homelessness April 2021

Tue, 20 Apr 2021

Work Programme 2020/2021
Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government & Heritage Work Programme 2020/2021

Tue, 20 Apr 2021

Report on pre-legislative scrutiny of the Companies (Corporate Enforcement Authority) Bill 2018
Joint Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment report on pre-legislative scrutiny of the Companies (Corporate Enforcement Authority) Bill 2018

Fri, 16 Apr 2021

Report of the Business Committee for 21 - 22 April 2021
Arrangement for business and business schedule for Wednesday and Thursday, 21 - 22 April 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.