Next meeting:

Last updated - 18 May 2018, 16.28

24 May 2018, 10.00

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

16 May 2018, 11.37

Foreign Affairs Committee begins 3-day London visit focused on Brexit, overseas aid and Irish community

9 May 2018, 16.58

Campaigners to discuss plight of Syrians, Palestinians with Foreign Affairs Committee

25 Apr 2018, 16.14

Minister of State for Defence to brief Committee on Ireland’s security cooperation with EU partners

Recent videos

Thu, 10 May 2018

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

The current situation in Syria, with particular focus on the delivery of humanitarian aid and the systemic impacts of conflict on children; The current situation in Palestine and the growing non-violent civil society movement that opposes Israel's occupation.

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Thu, 26 Apr 2018

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Matters raised at EU Foreign Affairs Council - Defence and other matters relevant to the Department of Defence; In attendance: Paul Kehoe, Minister of State

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Thu, 29 Mar 2018

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

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Recent debates

Thu, 26 Apr 2018

Joint Committee

Foreign Affairs Council: Defence and Related Matters

Thu, 29 Mar 2018

Joint Committee

Report on Persecution of Christians in India: Church in Chains

Thu, 8 Mar 2018

Select Committee

Message to Dáil

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, 10 May

Opening statement, Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement

Opening statement, Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (PDF)

Thu, 10 May

Opening statement, Dr. Annie Sparrow, Irish Syria Solidarity Movement

Opening statement, Dr. Annie Sparrow, Irish Syria Solidarity Movement (PDF)

Thu, 26 Apr

Opening statement, Paul Kehoe TD, Minister for Defence

Opening statement, Paul Kehoe TD, Minister for Defence (PDF)

Submission guidelines

Before you make a submission to an Oireachtas committee, please read our guidelines document. It gives a brief overview of the purpose of submissions and the format you should use when you make a submission.

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
shawn.pogatchnik@oireachtas.ie