Next meeting:

Last updated - 18 Jan 2019, 17.21

24 Jan 2019, 10.15

The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Defence will meet in private at 9 am in Committee Room 1, LH2000.

The Select Committee will meet at 10:15 am in Committee Room 1, LH2000.

The committee shadows and scrutinises the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Defence.

Date established: 16 Jun 2016

House: 32nd Dáil, 25th Seanad

Irish Aid

Latest report

Irish Aid

The committee has completed its review of the Irish Aid programme and published its report. As part of the review, the committee met with stakeholders, considered written submissions from the public and visited two of Irish Aid’s key partner countries.

Press releases

12 Dec 2018, 16.02

Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss Brexit, outcome of Foreign Affairs Council

28 Nov 2018, 14.45

Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss challenges, barriers that face returning Irish emigrants

14 Nov 2018, 15.16

Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss Irish Defence Forces priorities with Vice Admiral Mellett

Recent videos

Thu, 13 Dec 2018

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

An update on Brexit and matters considered at meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council

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Thu, 29 Nov 2018

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

2018 Supplementary Estimates for Public Services - Vote 35 (Army Pensions)

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Thu, 15 Nov 2018

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals

Matters relevant to and the priorities for the Irish Defence Forces

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Recent reports

Wed, 28 Mar 2018

Report, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Defence Work Programme 2018
Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Defence Work Programme 2018

Thu, 22 Feb 2018

Report, Review of the Irish Aid Programme
Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Defence review of the Irish aid programme

Recent documents

Thu, 13 Dec

Opening statement, Simon Coveney, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade

Opening statement, Simon Coveney, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (PDF)

Thu, 29 Nov

Opening statement, Paul Kehoe, Minister of State at the Departments of An Taoiseach and Defence, Department of Defence

Opening statement, Paul Kehoe, Minister of State at the Departments of An Taoiseach and Defence, Department of Defence (PDF)

Thu, 29 Nov

Opening Statement, Ciarán Cannon, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Diaspora and Overseas Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs

Opening Statement, Ciarán Cannon, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Diaspora and Overseas Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs (PDF)

Select committee

Select committee

Select committee

The select committee comprises only Dáil Members. It meets to consider legislation and Estimates relating to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence.

EU scrutiny

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EU scrutiny

All proposed EU legislation in the area of foreign affairs and trade and defence is scrutinized by the committee and decisions are made regarding such proposals.

Committee contact details

Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 XR20

Clerk to the Committee:
Noel Murphy
(01) 618 3167
foreignaffairs@oireachtas.ie

Press Officer:
Shawn Pogatchnik
(01) 618 4203 
(086) 701 3295 
shawn.pogatchnik@oireachtas.ie