The All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution 1996-97

Immediately following the publication of the Report of the Constitution Review Group, the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution (the O'Keeffe Committee) was established on 3 July 1996.

Members
Jim O'Keeffe TD (FG), chairman
Senator Michael O'Kennedy (FF), vice-chairman
Austin Currie TD (FG)
Síle de Valera TD (FF)
Frances Fitzgerald TD (FG)
Senator Ann Gallagher (LAB)
Brian Lenihan TD (FF)
Kathleen Lynch TD (DL)
Derek McDowell TD (LAB)
Michael McDowell TD (PD)
Willie O'Dea TD (FF)

Its terms of reference charged it with a full review of the Constitution, having regard to the Report of the Constitution Review Group. The committee published two progress reports.

First Progress Report (1997) dealt with: the referendum, constitutional renewal, constitutionality of Bills and laws, local government, the electoral and ethics commission, the Ombudsman, 'Woman in the home' and gender-inclusive language in the Constitution, and an omnibus proposal of technical/minor amendments.

Second Progress Report (1997) dealt with Seanad Éireann.