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New Oireachtas committees

A summary of the new Oireachtas committees as the Dáil and Seanad get down to business.

With the 31st Dáil and 24th Seanad almost six months old, the Oireachtas committees have been formed and their work has commenced. The new Government has reformed the committee system (see pages 88-89). There are seven sectoral joint committees, comprising members of both houses, covering the work of 15 departments; four non-sectoral joint committees; and three Dáil standing committees. Joint committees have sub-committees called select committees: a Dáil select committee and a Seanad select committee. All committees are supported by a secretariat.

Committee membership is normally proportionally representative of the House which establishes it. Because of the size of the newly constituted committees, with six of the seven sectoral committees covering the work of more than one department, select sub-committees have been created. For example, the Joint Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture has a select sub-committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and one on Agriculture, Marine and Food. August is the only month where there are no committee meetings.

Among the other committees is the Joint Committee on European Affairs, at which Irish MEPs (including Northern Ireland MEPs) and Irish members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe can attend and participate, but cannot vote. They have the same entitlements at the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs.

TDs of Dáil select committees are members of the joint committees of the same name but the select committee is solely responsible for dealing with the committee stages of bills referred to it by he Dáil, the Estimates for Public Services (annual expenditure proposals) for government departments and international agreements involving a charge on public funds. Ministers are ex-officio members of the Dáil select committees when such committees are considering legislation or estimates for public services.

Joint committees are mandated to work on:

• public affairs administered by the department (and its agencies) whose work it covers;

• policy for which the department’s minister is responsible;

• proposals for EU legislation and related policy;

• departmental strategy statements; and

• annual reports of a department and agencies under its aegis.

Sectoral committees

Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee
Chair: Andrew Doyle FG
Deputy Chair: John O’Mahony FG
TDs
Tom Barry FG
Michael Colreavy SF
Pat Deering FG
Robert Dowds Lab
Martin Ferris SF
Noel Harrington FG
Martin Heydon FG
Colm Keaveney Lab
Mattie McGrath Ind
Michael McNamara Lab
Michael Moynihan FF
Éamon Ó Cuív FF
Thomas Pringle Ind
Senators
Michael Comiskey FG
Paschal Mooney FF
Mary Ann O’Brien Ind
Brian Ó Domhnaill FF
Pat O’Neill FG
John Whelan Lab
Clerk: Josie Briody
Tel: (01) 618 3717
Email: Josie.Briody@oireachtas.ie

 

Health and Children Committee
Chair: Jerry Buttimer FG
Deputy Chair: Ciara Conway Lab
TDs
Catherine Byrne FG
Michael Colreavy SF
Regina Doherty FG
Robert Dowds Lab
Peter Fitzpatrick FG
Seamus Healy WUAG
Derek Keating FG
Billy Kelleher FF
Eamonn Maloney Lab
Charlie McConalogue FF
Mattie McGrath Ind
Denis Naughten FG*
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin SF
Senators
Colm Burke FG
John Crown Ind
David Cullinane SF
John Gilroy Lab
Imelda Henry FG
Marc MacSharry FF
Jillian van Turnhout Ind
Clerk: Patricia Doran Tel: (01) 618 3147

Email: Patricia.Doran@oireachtas.ie

*Lost the party whip in July

Justice, Defence and Equality Committee
Chair: David Stanton FG
Deputy Chair: Joanna Tuffy Lab
TDs
Dara Calleary FF
Michael Creed FG
Tom Hayes FG
Seán Kenny Lab
Finian McGrath Ind
Jonathan O’Brien SF
Billy Timmins FG
Senators
Ivana Bacik Lab
Paul Bradford FG
Martin Conway FG
Rónán Mullen Ind
Denis O’Donovan FF
Clerk: Alan Guidon
Tel: (01) 618 3899
Email: Alan.Guidon@oireachtas.ie
Environment, Transport, Culture and Gaeltacht Committee
Chair: Ciarán Lynch Lab
Deputy Chair: Noel Coonan FG
TDs
James Bannon FG
Paudie Coffey FG
Niall Collins FF
Marcella Corcoran Kennedy FG
Clare Daly SP
Timmy Dooley FF
Dessie Ellis SF
Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan Ind
Terence Flanagan FG
Kevin Humphreys Lab
Seán Kenny Lab
Sandra McLellan SF
Tony McLoughlin FG
Catherine Murphy Ind
Gerald Nash Lab
Patrick O’Donovan FG
Brian Stanley SF
Robert Troy FF
Brian Walsh FG
Senators
Eamonn Coghlan Ind
Cáit Keane FG
Denis Landy Lab
Catherine Noone FG
Labhrás Ó Murchú FF
Ned O’Sullivan FF
Clerk: Eugene Ó Cruadhlaoich
Tel: (01) 618 3575
Email: eugene.ocruadhlaoich@oireachtas.ie
Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Committee
Chair: Alex White Lab
Deputy Chair: Liam Twomey FG
TDs
Richard Boyd-Barrett People Before Profit
Thomas P Broughan Lab
Michael Creed FG
Jim Daly FG
Pearse Doherty SF
Stephen Donnelly Ind
Timmy Dooley FF
Seán Fleming FF
Joe Higgins SP
Heather Humphreys FG
Kevin Humphreys Lab
Peter Mathews FG
Mary Lou McDonald SF
Michael McGrath FF
Olivia Mitchell FG
Seán Ó Fearghaíl FF
Jonathan O’Brien SF
Kieran O’Donnell FG
Arthur Spring Lab
Billy Timmins FG
Senators
Sean D Barrett Ind
Thomas Byrne FF
Michael D’Arcy FG
Aideen Hayden Lab
Tom Sheahan FG
Katherine Zappone Ind
Clerk: Ronan Lenihan
Tel: (01) 618 3169
Email: Ronan.Lenihan@oireachtas.ie
Jobs, Social Protection and Education Committee
Chair: Damien English FG
Deputy Chair: Aodhán Ó Riordán Lab
TDs
Ray Butler FG
Áine Collins FG
Joan Collins People Before Profit
Michael Conaghan Lab
Barry Cowen FF
Seán Crowe SF
Tom Fleming Ind
Brendan Griffin FG
John Halligan Ind
Seán Kyne FG
Anthony Lawlor FG
John Lyons Lab
Nicky McFadden FG
Mary Mitchell O’Connor FG
Aengus Ó Snodaigh SF
Willie O’Dea FF
Brendan Ryan Lab
Brendan Smith FF
Peadar Tóibín SF
Senators
Deirdre Clune FG
John Kelly Lab
Michael Mullins FG
Marie Louise O’Donnell Ind
Averil Power FF
Feargal Quinn Ind
Clerk: Tara Kelly
Tel: (01) 618 3481
Email: Tara.Kelly@oireachtas.ie

 

Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee
Chair: Pat Breen FG
Deputy Chair: Bernard J Durkan FG
TDs
Eric Byrne Lab
Pádraig Mac Lochlainn SF
Michael McNamara Lab
Dara Murphy FG
Dan Neville FG
Seán Ó Fearghaíl FF
Maureen O’Sullivan Ind
Senators
Deirdre Clune FG
Mark Daly FF
Lorraine Higgins Lab
Michael Mullins FG
David Norris Ind
Jim Walsh FF
Clerk: Paul Kelly

Tel: (01) 618 3167

Email: Paul.Kelly@oireachtas.ie

Investigations, Oversight and Petitions Committee
Chair: Peadar Tóibín SF
Deputy Chair: Michael McCarthy Lab
TDs
Dara Calleary FF
Joan Collins People Before Profit
Michael Conaghan Lab
Alan Farrell FG
Charles Flanagan FG
Michael Healy-Rae Ind
Peter Mathews FG
Charlie McConalogue FF
Michelle Mulherin FG
Derek Nolan Lab
Aengus Ó Snodaigh SF
John Paul Phelan FG
Mick Wallace Ind
Senators
Trevor Ó Clochartaigh SF
Jimmy Harte Lab
Tony Mulcahy Lab
Darragh O’Brien FF
Susan O’Keeffe Lab
Clerk: Anne-Marie Fahy
Tel: (01) 618 3045
Email: Anne-Marie.Fahy@oireachtas.ie
Administration Committee
Chair: Tom Hayes FG
Deputy Chair: Jerry Buttimer* FG
TDs
John Browne FF
Eric Byrne Lab
Áine Collins FG
Andrew Doyle FG
Dessie Ellis SF
Tom Fleming Ind
Heather Humphreys FG
Paul Kehoe FG
Seamus Kirk FF
John Lyons Lab
Anne Phelan Lab
John Paul Phelan FG
Brian Stanley SF
Jack Wall Lab
Senators
Terry Brennan FG
Paul Coghlan FG
Marie Moloney Lab
Diarmuid Wilson FF
Clerk: Anne-Marie Fahy Tel: (01) 618 3045 Email: Anne-Marie.Fahy@oireachtas.ie

*A replacement for Jerry Buttimer as Deputy Chair is expected in September.

Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement
Chair: Dominic Hannigan Lab
Deputy Chair: Joe O’Reilly FG
TDs
Seán Conlon FG
Seán Crowe SF
Clare Daly SP
Regina Doherty FG
Alan Farrell FG
Frank Feighan FG
Martin Ferris SF
Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan Ind
Micheal P Kitt FF
Joe McHugh FG
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin Lab
Brendan Smith FF
Joanna Tuffy Lab
Senators
Jim D’Arcy FG
Maurice Cummins FG
Martin McAleese Ind
Mary Moran Lab
Mary White FF
Clerk: Paul Kelly
Tel: (01) 618 3167
Email: Paul.Kelly@oireachtas.ie
European Union Affairs Committee
Chair: Joe Costello Lab
Deputy Chair: Pascal Donohue FG
TDs
Timmy Dooley FF
Bernard J Durkan FG
Colm Keaveney Lab
Seán Kyne FG
Pádraig Mac Lochlainn SF
Joe O’Reilly FG
Mick Wallace Ind
Senators
Colm Burke FG
Fidelma Healy Eames FG
James Heffernan Lab
Terry Leyden FF
Kathryn Reilly SF
Clerk: John Hamilton
Tel: (01) 618 3924
Email: john.hamilton@oireachtas.ie

Dáil committees

Members’ Interests Committee
Chair: Thomas Pringle Ind
TDs
John Browne FF
Olivia Mitchell FG
David Stanton FG
Jack Wall Lab
Clerk: Sinead McCann
Tel: (01) 618 3040
Email: Sinead.McCann@oireachtas.ie
Procedure and Privileges Committee
Chair: Seán Barrett Ceann Comhairle
TDs
Joe Carey FG
Martin Heydon FG
Paul Kehoe FG
John Lyons Lab
Nicky McFadden FG
Catherine Murphy Ind
Seán Ó Fearghaíl FF
Aengus Ó Snodaigh SF
Emmet Stagg Lab
Clerk: Martin Groves
Tel: (01) 618 3201
Email: martin.groves@oireachtas.ie
Public Accounts Committee
Chair: John McGuinness FF
Deputy Chair: Kieran O’Donnell FG
TDs
Paul J Connaughton FG
John Deasy FG
Paschal Donohoe FG
Anne Ferris Lab
Seán Fleming FF
Simon Harris FG
Michael McCarthy Lab
Mary Lou McDonald SF
Eoghan Murphy FG
Derek Nolan Lab
Shane Ross Ind
Clerk: Ted McEnery
Tel: (01) 618 3867
Email: Ted.McEnery@Oireachtas.ie

Seanad Committee

Members’ Interests Committee
Chair: Deirdre Clune FG
Senators
Ivana Bacik Lab
Maurice Cummins FG
David Cullinane SF
Rónán Mullen Ind
Darragh O’Brien FF
Jillian van Turnhout Ind
Clerk: Anne-Marie Fahy
Tel: (01) 618 3045
Email: Anne-Marie.Fahy@oireachtas.ie
Procedure and Privileges Committee
Chair: Paddy Burke Cathaoirleach
Senators
Ivana Bacik Lab
Paul Bradford FG
Paul Coghlan FG
Maurice Cummins FG
Lorraine Higgins Lab
Rónán Mullen Ind
Darragh O’Brien FF
Denis O’Donovan FF
Susan O’Keeffe Lab
Jillian van Turnhout Ind
Diarmuid Wilson FF
Clerk: Deirdre Lane
Tel: (01) 618 3357
Email: Deirdre.Lane@oireachtas.ie
Committee work programmes
Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture • New Economy and Recovery Authority (NewEra)

• Broadband

• Employment in the green economy

• Implementation of smart grid

• Bio-energy and forestry

• Geothermal energy

• REFIT energy scheme

• Petroleum exploration off Ireland

• Lough Allen basin shale gas hydraulic fracturing

• Development of sugar industry

Environment, Transport, Culture and Gaeltacht Not yet published
European Union Affairs • EU political priorities as set out in the Commission’s State of the Union address

• EU Polish presidency’s priorities (European security and integration)

• Unlawful access by third parties of personal information on mobile phones

• Promoting the work of the committee and engaging with the public

• Preliminary planning for Ireland’s presidency

of the Council of the European Union in 2013

• EU humanitarian aid programme

• Economic recovery

Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Not yet published
Foreign Affairs and Trade • Trade promotion (in particular in Asia, Ireland-China relations and the Middle East)

• The Irish Aid programme

• Global Irish Economic Forum

(to be held in Farmleigh in September)

• Ireland’s Presidency of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (2012)

• Middle East peace process

• Irish community abroad

Jobs and Social Protection • Improving the department’s service levels

• Securing economic recovery

• Maximising employment

• Tackling fraud and abuse

• Implementing the other commitments in the Programme for Government

Health Not yet published
Justice, Defence and Equality Not yet published
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