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Committee on Parliamentary Privileges and Oversight (Seanad Éireann)

The Committee's name was changed from the Committee on Procedure and Privileges on 16 December 2020.

The Committee is a Standing Committee and its terms of reference are set out in the revised Standing Order 98.

The Committee considers matters relating to Standing Orders and parliamentary privileges attaching to membership of Seanad Éireann and oversees procedure generally.   The Committee now acts periodically as the Committee on Remit Oversight.

Utterances having an adverse effect

All statements made in the course of Oireachtas proceedings are privileged under the Constitution of Ireland.

If you consider that you have been adversely affected by an utterance in the Dáil Chamber, Seanad Chamber or an Oireachtas Committee, please follow the process outlined in the Debates section of this website.

  • For this process to apply, there must be a significant likelihood you have, to a substantial degree, been adversely affected.
  • This process applies whether the person speaking was a Deputy, a Senator, or was there in some other capacity, such as a witness before an Oireachtas Committee.
  • Replies to Parliamentary Questions are included in this process, given that they are published in the Official Report of the Debates.

If you are unhappy with the determination that the Chair makes on your submission (or the Chair fails to make one within six weeks of your submission being received by the Clerk) you can make a further submission to this Committee no later than 12 weeks following the making of the initial submission.

For full details, refer to the revised Standing Order 49B.