Where we stand now
An overview of the role of the Oireachtas in European Union affairs
in The evolving role of national parliaments in the European Union
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This chapter describes the role of the Oireachtas in European affairs in the 30th Dail (2007-11) and 31st Dail (2011-16), the two most recently completed legislative periods. There are three main aspects to parliament's relationship with Government: parliament has a role in forming and dismissing governments; parliament has a role in policy-making and law-making; and parliament has a role in rendering the Government accountable. Parliament's role in policy-making and law-making in Ireland can be divided between that concerning decision-making at European level and that at Irish level. In the 30th Dáil, the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights appeared to be the sectoral Oireachtas committee most dominated by EU-related issues. The first commemoration of Europe Day by the Oireachtas occurred in 2006 when both Houses met in joint session, one day after the fifty-sixth anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.


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