The committee shadows the Department of Education and Skills. It seeks to provide a meaningful input into legislation and policy and ensure Ireland’s education system benefits all of society and is recognised internationally as a top class system.

Date established: 16 Jun 2016

House: 32nd Dáil, 25th Seanad

Tackling childhood obesity

Latest Report

Tackling childhood obesity

The committee has published a report on tackling childhood obesity. It highlights parental involvement but also suggests measures that schools could take to promote healthy lifestyles and nutrition, coupled with the provision of physical education.

Press releases

11 Jul 2018, 11.55

Education Committee Report calls for ban on vending machines in schools to counteract obesity

4 Jul 2018, 11.14

Education Committee to hear from Catholic schools body on provision of Relationships and Sexuality Education

27 Jun 2018, 11.35

Education Committee welcomes fact that recommendations from its recent report form part of new supports for island schools

Recent videos

Tue, 10 Jul 2018

Committee on Education and Skills

The apparent shortage of substitute teachers throughout the State and issues related to the recruitment and retention of teachers

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Thu, 5 Jul 2018

Committee on Education and Skills

Motion on Proposed approval by Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann of the Employment Equality Act 1998 (section 12)(Reservation of vocational training places) Order 2018
Review of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) (resumed)

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018

Committee on Education and Skills

The provision of ASD classes and special classes in mainstream schools

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Recent debates

Tue, 26 Jun 2018

Joint Committee

Advanced Skills Teachers and Special Classes in Mainstream Schools: Discussion

Thu, 21 Jun 2018

Joint Committee

Management and Operations of Caranua: Discussion

Tue, 12 Jun 2018

Joint Committee

Review of Relationships and Sexuality Education: Discussion (Resumed)

Recent reports

Wed, 11 Jul 2018

Report on tackling of obesity and the promotion of healthy eating in schools
Joint Committee on Education and Skills report on tackling of obesity and the promotion of healthy eating in schools

Tue, 27 Feb 2018

Report on Challenges Facing Island Schools
Committee on Education and Skills report on challenges facing island schools

Fri, 26 Jan 2018

Work programme 2018
Joint Committee on Education and Skills, Work Programme 2018

Recent documents

Wed, 11 Jul

Report on tackling of obesity and the promotion of healthy eating in schools

Report on tackling of obesity and the promotion of healthy eating in schools (PDF)

Tue, 10 Jul

Opening statement, Deirdre McDonnell, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills

Opening statement, Deirdre McDonnell, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills (PDF)

Thu, 5 Jul

Opening statement, Dr. Martin Gormley, Director of Schools, Donegal Education and Training Board

Opening statement, Dr. Martin Gormley, Director of Schools, Donegal Education and Training Board (PDF)

Select committee

The select committee comprises only Dáil Members. It meets to consider legislation and Estimates relating to the Department of Education and Skills.

EU scrutiny

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EU scrutiny

All proposed EU legislation in the area of educaion and skills is scrutinized by the committee and decisions are made regarding such proposals.

Committee contact details

Joint Committee on Education and Skills
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 XR20

Clerk to the Committee:
Alan Guidon
(01) 618 3848
(076) 100 1746
educationskills@oireachtas.ie

Press Officer:
Nuala Walsh
(01) 618 3437
(086) 410 0898
nuala.walsh@oireachtas.ie