Who we are accountable to
We are accountable to the Irish people for the efficient and effective delivery of services in Ireland and overseas through a number of external public bodies.
Houses of the Oireachtas
The Department accounts to the Houses of the Oireachtas (legislature) in the first instance, through parliamentary questions and through these Oireachtas committees:
- Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Joint Committee on European Affairs
- Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement
Deputies can ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade about any policy issues or administrative issues. The replies to parliamentary questions are published daily on the Debates section of the Oireachtas website.
Ministers regularly appear before Oireachtas committees to report on Irish and EU foreign policy, international issues and matters relating to Northern Ireland. You can find transcripts of these discussions on the Oireachtas website.
The Secretary General of the Department appears every year before the Public Accounts Committee.
Comptroller and Auditor General
Our accounts are audited and reported on by the Comptroller and Auditor General who provides independent assurance that public money is properly managed, spent to good effect and is contributing to improvements in public administration.
An independent Audit Committee oversees the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s systems of accountability.
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
We are accountable to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for our progress in the implementation of the Public Service Reform Programme. The Programme aims to achieve high-performing public service organisations that will work together underpinned by values of integrity, fairness, accountability and openness.