Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission serve in a corporate capacity and do not represent their parties. The Commission operates on the general principle that it seeks to support the Houses and all Members equally in carrying out their role as elected representatives.
Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission
The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission has 11 members and is chaired by the Ceann Comhairle, who is Chairman of Dáil Éireann. The membership of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission is outlined in the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission Act 2003.
- The Chairman of Dáil Éireann
- The Chairman of Seanad Éireann
- The Secretary General of the Houses of the Oireachtas Service
- A Member of one of the Houses of the Oireachtas appointed by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, known as the Minister’s representative
- Four ordinary members appointed by the Dáil
- Three ordinary members appointed by the Seanad.
|Mr. Peter Finnegan
|Ex officio member
|Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl
Ex officio member
|Senator Denis O’Donovan
Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann
|Ex officio member
|Deputy Martin Heydon||Minister’s representative|
|Senator Paudie Coffey||Seanad Member|
|Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy*||Dáil Member|
|Senator Gerard P. Craughwell||Seanad Member|
|Deputy Timmy Dooley||Dáil Member|
|Deputy Catherine Murphy||Dáil Member|
|Deputy Louise O’Reilly||Dáil Member|
|Senator Ned O’Sullivan||Seanad Member|
* Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy was appointed by Dáil Éireann on 13 December 2017 in place of Deputy Joe Carey, who resigned his office on 12 December 2017.
Code of conduct
The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission’s code of conduct sets out the agreed ethical standards that inform the conduct of members. It was adopted in 2011 following consultation with the Standards in Public Office Commission.