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Last updated - 17 Sep 2018, 10.58

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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

17 Sep 2018, 17.54

Human rights monitors in Palestinian communities to appear at Foreign Affairs Committee

12 Jul 2018, 14.44

Caroline Dwyer, mother of Irishman slain in Bolivia in 2009, meets Foreign Affairs Committee

4 Jul 2018, 10.41

Mediterranean rescue efforts in focus for Foreign Affairs Committee

Recent videos

Thu, 20 Sep 2018

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals; The Funding of the UN agency supporting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) and the demolition of the West Bank, Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar.

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Thu, 5 Jul 2018

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean and the migration crisis.

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Thu, 21 Jun 2018

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Agenda: (i) Recent Christian Aid Ireland Tax Report (representatives from Christian Aid Ireland); (ii) The current political situation in Cuba (Fernando Gonzáles M.P.)

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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, 5 Jul

Opening statement, Sam Taylor, Director, Médecins Sans Frontières

Opening statement, Sam Taylor, Director, Médecins Sans Frontières (PDF)

Thu, 31 May

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

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

Thu, 24 May

Presentation, Niamh Cooper, Head of Communications and Advocacy, World Vision Ireland

Presentation, Niamh Cooper, Head of Communications and Advocacy, World Vision Ireland (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