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Last updated - 23 Jul 2019, 17.15

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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

10 Jul 2019, 17.16

Foreign Affairs Committee to hear from Justice for Colombia (JFC)

1 Jul 2019, 16.47

Foreign Affairs Committee to hear from Irish Association of Development NGOs

26 Jun 2019, 15.00

Tánaiste to brief Foreign Affairs Committee on Foreign Affairs Council engagement

Recent videos

Thu, 11 Jul 2019

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

The Colombian Peace Process

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Tue, 2 Jul 2019

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Disability inclusion and international development issues

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Thu, 27 Jun 2019

Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

The recommendations of the Public Service Pay Commission and the application of the Working Time Directive and Contracts

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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, 11 Jul

Opening Statement, Kevin Callinan, Senior General Secretary, Fórsa

Opening Statement, Kevin Callinan, Senior General Secretary, Fórsa (PDF)

Thu, 11 Jul

Opening Statement, Mariela Kohon, Senior International Officer, Trades Union Congress

Opening Statement, Mariela Kohon, Senior International Officer, Trades Union Congress (PDF)

Tue, 2 Jul

Opening Statement, Charlie Lamson, CEO, Sightsavers et al.

Opening Statement, Charlie Lamson, CEO, Sightsavers et al. (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:
Petrina Vousden
+353 (0) 1 618 3437
+353 (0) 85 8745 295
petrina.vousden@oireachtas.ie