The primary function of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission is to provide for the running of the Houses of the Oireachtas. It is the governing body which oversees the delivery of services to the Houses of the Oireachtas, their Members and members of the public by the Houses of the Oireachtas Service.
The Commission was established in 2004 as a body corporate. It is independent in the performance of its functions, and has no role in relation to parliamentary business or procedure.
The Commission has specific responsibility for:
- Appointing the Clerk of the Dáil and Secretary General of the Houses of the Oireachtas Service
- Overseeing the expenditure of the Houses, paying all salaries and expenses for members and staff, and keeping and publishing annual accounts
- Employing civil servants to staff the Service and exercising functions in relation to staff appointments, performance and discipline, through the Secretary General
- Producing three-yearly strategic plans, annual reports, annual estimates and other information
- Deciding on secretarial facilities to be provided to Members and parliamentary parties
- Exercising certain legal functions, including participation in proceedings where necessary, and arranging for legal advice
- Preparing guidelines for Members on the use of publicly funded services and facilities following a dissolution of Dáil Éireann
- Providing translation services from one official language into the other in respect of Acts of the Oireachtas.
The Annual Report provides information on the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission’s stewardship of public resources in undertaking its responsibilities. It highlights the work of Oireachtas Members and the Houses of the Oireachtas Service.
The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission came into existence in 2004 under the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission Act 2003. The Act provides for the authority and responsibility for provision of services to the Houses of the Oireachtas and their committees to be transferred from the Minister for Finance to the Commission.
The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission Act has been amended several times and you can read an informal administrative consolidation of the Acts here. The consolidation is a practical summary and description of the current statute law, not an official version or restatement of the legislation.
Office of the Commission and Secretary General