Cartoon illustrating people who can submit a petition to the Oireachtas

The Committee on Public Petitions considered 47 petitions during 2018, according to its annual report, which was published today.

The Committee met 15 times between January 2018 and December 2018 and received 49 petitions. Topics covered included refundable deposits on bottles and cans; the Irish arms trade with Israel; dog fouling; and a proposed firearms amnesty.

Of the 47 petitions considered, 35 were closed and 10 were deemed to be inadmissible in accordance with the terms of reference of the Committee.

The main role of the Committee is to consider petitions received from members of the public on matters of general public concern, or interest in relation to their legislative powers, or an issue of public policy. The Committee exists to assist all members of society to voice their opinion on any issue of public importance, whether national or regional.

Find out more on the Committee on Public Petitions web page.