The Houses of the Oireachtas also operate
through a system of parliamentary committees.
The Committees on Procedure and
Privileges and of Selection of each House and the Joint (D�il and Seanad)
Services Committee deal with the efficient running of the Houses.
Committee of Public Accounts and the Joint Committee on Commercial
State-sponsored Bodies are concerned with the functions of Parliament relating
to public spending and the monitoring of State-sponsored bodies.
Select Committees on Social Affairs, Finance and General Affairs, Enterprise
and Economic Strategy, Legislation and Security and the Joint Committee on
Foreign Affairs deal with some of the functions of the Oireachtas in relation
Committees dealing with specialised subjects include the Joint
Committee on Women's Rights and An Comhchoiste don Ghaeilge (Joint Committee on
the Irish language).
The Committees of Selection (of each House) nominate
members to serve on their respective committees and have the power to discharge
such members from time to time for non-attendance or at their own request, and
they have the power to appoint other members to replace those discharged.
Broadcasting Control Committee is responsible for televising Oireachtas
The Committee on Members Interests, the purpose of which is self