The Oireachtas has responsibility for scrutiny of EU draft proposals, for proper transposition of EU legislation into Irish law and for holding the Government accountable for the decisions taken by Ministers at Council meetings. Much of the work in relation to EU Affairs is delegated by the Houses of the Oireachtas to the Oireachtas Committees. The table below outlines recent decisions taken by the Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands with regard to the scrutiny of proposed EU legislation in the area of the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands.

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Oireachtas EU scrutiny process

All proposed EU legislation is sent to member states for scrutiny. In Ireland, Oireachtas committees carry out a large part of this review work.

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The InterParliamentary EU information eXchange is a platform for the mutual exchange of information between the national parliaments and the European Parliament concerning issues related to the European Union, especially in light of the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon.

EU Scrutiny Process
Houses of the Oireachtas EU Scrutiny Process