All are very welcome to the meeting. No apologies have been received but Deputy Sherlock may be delayed by other duties in the Dáil Chamber. The Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr. Seamus McCarthy, is a permanent witness. He is attending the meeting remotely.
I ask that members and all attendees exercise personal responsibility in protecting themselves and others from the risk of Covid-19 by leaving a vacant space between themselves and other persons, using the sanitisers provided, keeping appropriate social distance during and after meetings, and keeping their masks on except when speaking. Members participating remotely must continue to do so from within the precincts of Leinster House. This is due to the constitutional requirement that in order to participate in public meetings, members must be physically present within the confines of Leinster House.