Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission serve in a corporate capacity and do not represent their parties. The Commission operates on the general principle that it seeks to support the Houses and all Members equally in carrying out their role as elected representatives.

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Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission

The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission has 11 members and is chaired by the Ceann Comhairle, who is Chairman of Dáil Éireann. The membership of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission is outlined in the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission Act.

It comprises:

  • The Chairman of Dáil Éireann
  • The Chairman of Seanad Éireann
  • The Secretary General of the Houses of the Oireachtas Service
  • A member of one of the Houses of the Oireachtas appointed by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, known as the Minister’s representative
  • Four ordinary members appointed by the Dáil
  • Three ordinary members appointed by the Seanad.

Current members

Mr. Peter Finnegan
Secretary General
Ex officio member
Chief Executive
Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl
Ceann Comhairle

Ex officio member
Chairperson

Senator Denis O’Donovan
Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann
Ex officio member
Deputy chairperson
Deputy Martin Heydon  Minister’s representative 
Senator Paudie Coffey  Seanad Member 
Senator Gerard P. Craughwell  Seanad Member 
Deputy Timmy Dooley Dáil Member
Deputy Catherine Murphy  Dáil Member
Deputy Louise O’Reilly Dáil Member 
Senator Ned O’Sullivan Seanad Member

Code of conduct

The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission’s code of conduct sets out the agreed ethical standards that inform the conduct of members. It was adopted in 2011 following consultation with the Standards in Public Office Commission.