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Appearing before an Oireachtas Committee

Have you been invited to appear before an Oireachtas Committee? Get practical information and guidance to help you prepare.

If you are appearing before an Oireachtas Committee, you will be referred to as a "witness" and the information you share with the Committee will be called "evidence".

Oireachtas Committees routinely invite interested people or bodies to give evidence by way of written or oral presentation on matters in their work programmes. Committees may invite Ministers, civil and public servants, representatives of non-governmental organisations and other interest groups.

Guidance documents

Guidance documents

If you have been invited to attend a Committee meeting, these documents will help you to prepare and know what to expect.

Compelled to attend a Committee meeting

Most attendance at Oireachtas Committee meetings is voluntary. If, however, you have been compelled to attend a Committee under the Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013, you should also read these guidelines for witnesses on compellability.

Utterances having an adverse effect

Have you been adversely affected by a statement made in an Oireachtas Committee meeting which was not addressed during or following the meeting? Find out what steps you can take.

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Leinster House is on Kildare Street in Dublin 2, between the National Library and the National Museum of Archaeology.

All visitors must enter through the visitors’ entrance on Kildare Street.

Please allow 30 minutes for security and check-in.