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Committees

Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions

A new Committee that will investigate matters of public concern and make recommendations to the Government. Members will also examine issues previously dealt with by tribunals. The Committee is also tasked with designing a petitions system in the Houses of Oireachtas which is intended to increase citizen participation in the democratic process. Such a process would allow citizens to directly influence the parliamentary agenda.

Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement

Responsible for facilitating communication between parliamentarians from both sides of the border on areas of mutual interest between the North and South.

Committee on Members’ Interests of Dáil Éireann

This Committee was set up under the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001 and is responsible for publishing guidelines for Dáil members to assist them in complying what was outlined in the Acts. The Committee has also published a Code of Conduct for non-office holders and is responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of its terms.

Joint Sub-Committee on Administration

Responsible for discussing and making recommendations in relation to the services The Houses provide its Members. The Committee represents the views of all Members to both the Houses of Oireachtas Commission and the Management Advisory Committee of the Houses of the Oireachtas, who are together responsible for the provision of all services. The Committee also evaluates the services provided to members of the public by the Houses, such as the availability of public information services and visitor facilities. The sub-Committee’s role is to represent the views of Members to the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission in relation to services provided to support Members in undertaking their parliamentary and representative duties. The sub-Committee considers and make recommendations to the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission and its Management Committee on matters within its remit.

Sub-Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

Examines legislation and estimates from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Sub-Committee on Compellability

* To perform the functions conferred on it by the Committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas (Compellability, Privileges and Immunities of Witnesses) Act 1997.

Sub-Committee on Dáil Reform

Responsible for considering Dáil and Committee procedure and recommending alterations to Standing Orders (rules of The Dáil). Also evaluate the privileges of Committee members.

Sub-Committee on Privileges

This Committee is not a Standing Committee - its members are responsible for examining privilege in relation to the private papers of Dáil members. Also responsible for carrying out the recommendations outlined in the report of the Morris Tribunal ( http://www.morristribunal.ie/ )

Sub Committee on European Scrutiny - Finance & Expenditure

This sub-Committee has been set up to consider all matters pertaining to EU Affairs, including scrutiny of proposed legislation

Sub-Committee on Health

Responsible for the examination of current and proposed health policy. Reviews the overall planning of the healthcare system and how healthcare services are delivered in Ireland.

Sub-Committee on Penal Reform

Evaluates possible non-custodial alternatives to imprisonment.

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