Next meeting:

Last updated - 18 Jun 2018, 13.48

20 Jun 2018, 09.00

The Joint Committee on Justice and Equality will meet in Committee Room 2, LH2000 at 9am.

The Select Committee on Justice and Equality will meet in Committee Room 2, LH2000 at 9.30am.

The committee shadows the Department of Justice and Equality and considers policy in the fields of justice, security, the rule of law and equality to ensure that Irish society is safe, secure, just, open-minded and impartial.

Date established: 16 Jun 2016

House: 32nd Dáil, 25th Seanad

Penal reform and sentencing

Latest Report

Penal reform and sentencing

The committee has published a report on penal reform and sentencing. The report states that imprisonment is overused as a punishment and that conditions in prisons are unacceptable. It also finds that more must be done to rehabilitate offenders, reduce recidivism, and minimise the impact of crime.

Press releases

12 Jun 2018, 14.46

Justice Minister to appear before Justice & Equality Committee

29 May 2018, 13.11

Justice & Equality Committee to scrutinise Garda Síochána (Amendment) Bill 2017

22 May 2018, 13.04

Justice & Equality Committee to focus on Garda Síochána oversight and accountability

Recent videos

Wed, 13 Jun 2018

Committee on Justice and Equality

Garda Síochána oversight and accountability , and miscellaneous matters

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Wed, 30 May 2018

Committee on Justice and Equality

Detailed scrutiny of the Carda Siochana (Amendment) Bill 2017

View video

Wed, 23 May 2018

Committee on Justice and Equality

Garda Síochána oversight and accountability

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Recent debates

Wed, 30 May 2018

Joint Committee

Garda Síochána (Amendment) Bill 2017: Discussion

Wed, 23 May 2018

Joint Committee

Garda Oversight and Accountability: Garda Inspectorate

Wed, 16 May 2018

Select Committee

Message to Dáil

Recent documents

Wed, 13 Jun

Opening statement, Charles Flanagan TD, Minister for Justice and Equality

Opening statement, Charles Flanagan TD, Minister for Justice and Equality (PDF)

Wed, 30 May

Opening statement, Jim O'Callaghan TD

Opening statement, Jim O'Callaghan TD (PDF)

Wed, 30 May

Opening statement, Chairperson of the Policing Authority

Opening statement, Chairperson of the Policing Authority (PDF)

Recent reports

Thu, 10 May 2018

Report on Penal Reform and Sentencing
Joint Committee on Justice and Equality report on penal reform and sentencing

Thu, 22 Feb 2018

Report on the Wards of Court
Committee on Justice and Equality report on the wards of court

Thu, 1 Feb 2018

Report, Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the Communications (Retention of Data) Bill 2017
Committee on Justice and Equality report on Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the Communications (Retention of Data) Bill 2017

Select committee

The select committee comprises only Dáil Members. It meets to consider legislation and Estimates relating to the Department of Justice and Equality.

EU scrutiny

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EU scrutiny

All proposed EU legislation in the areas of justice and equality is scrutinized by the committee and decisions are made regarding such proposals.

Committee contact details

Joint Committee on Justice and Equality
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 XR20

Clerk to the Committee:
Damian Byrne
(01) 618 3899
(076) 100 1755
justiceandequality@oireachtas.ie

Press Officer:
Ciaran Brennan
(01) 618 3903
(086) 0496518
ciaran.brennan@oireachtas.ie