Next meeting:

Last updated - 15 Feb 2019, 16.56

20 Feb 2019, 16.00

The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Defence will meet 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

13 Feb 2019, 12.20

Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade & Defence to discuss Brexit with Tánaiste Coveney

6 Feb 2019, 09.29

Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade & Defence to hear from Reserve Defence Forces Representative Association

30 Jan 2019, 10.02

Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence congratulates Speaker Nancy Pelosi on her election to Speaker of the House of Representatives

Recent videos

Thu, 14 Feb 2019

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Briefing for Information in relation to the General Scheme of the Miscellaneous Provisions (Withdrawal of the UK from the EU on 29 March 2019) Bill 2019

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Tue, 12 Feb 2019

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Motion on Ireland's participation in a European Defence Agency Project in relation to Military Search Capability Building

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Thu, 7 Feb 2019

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals: Schedule B: 447, 783, 784. Join (29 and 35)

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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, 14 Feb

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

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

Tue, 12 Feb

Opening statement, Paul Kehoe, Minister for Defence, Department of Defence

Opening statement, Paul Kehoe, Minister for Defence, Department of Defence (PDF)

Thu, 7 Feb

Opening statement, Neil Richardson, General Secretary, Reserve Defence Forces Representative Association

Opening statement, Neil Richardson, General Secretary, Reserve Defence Forces Representative Association (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:
Alan Neary
(01) 618 4743
(086) 010 7500
alan.neary@oireachtas.ie