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Joint Committee on Public Petitions to meet with Defence Forces Ombudsman

19 Jan 2022, 16.15

The Joint Committee on Public Petitions will meet tomorrow, Thursday, 20 January, to discuss the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces Annual Reports 2017-2018, 2019 and 2020 and related matters.

The meeting at 1.30pm in Committee Room 4 of Leinster House will hear from Mr Justice Alan Mahon, Ombudsman for the Defence Forces and Brian O’Neill, Head of Office, Office of the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces.

Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Martin Browne said: “This is the latest in our series of meetings with Ombudsmen and the Committee welcomes this opportunity to meet with Mr Justice Mahon and Mr O’Neill. We look forward to discussing the four Defence Forces Ombudsman reports from 2017 to 2020. Members are interested in hearing any suggestions the Ombudsman may have for changes to the legislation governing his Office.

“We will then examine a range of petitions submitted by the members of the public, including petitions seeking to save St Brigid’s Hospital; urgent support for Tunisia in the Covid-19 pandemic; nationwide public recycling bins; maternity, paternity and parental leave in the case of multiple births; and a National Youth Justice Strategy.”

The Joint Committee on Public Petitions is a standing Committee of the Houses of the Oireachtas and has 11 Members, seven from the Dáil and four from the Seanad.

The meeting in the Committee Room 4 can be viewed live on Oireachtas TV.

Committee proceedings can also be viewed on the Houses of the Oireachtas Smartphone App, available for Apple and Android devices.

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