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Last updated - 9 Nov 2018, 17.25

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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

14 Nov 2018, 15.16

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

17 Oct 2018, 16.01

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

3 Oct 2018, 11.24

Dóchas to discuss UN, EU development goals with Foreign Affairs Committee

Recent videos

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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Tue, 23 Oct 2018

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

The enhanced partnership and cooperation agreement between the European Union, and the Republic of Kazakhstan

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Thu, 18 Oct 2018

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Matters considered by the Foreign Affairs Council-Defence and other matters concerning the 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, 15 Nov

Opening statement, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces

Opening statement, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces (PDF)

Tue, 23 Oct

Opening statement, Helen McEntee, Minister of State for European Affairs

Opening statement, Helen McEntee, Minister of State for European Affairs (PDF)

Thu, 18 Oct

Opening statement, Paul Kehoe TD, Minister of State at the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Defence with special responsibility for Defence

Opening statement, Paul Kehoe TD, Minister of State at the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Defence with special responsibility for Defence (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