Apologies have been received from Deputies Barry Cowen and Pearse Doherty.
In our first session we will meet representatives of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council to discuss its presentation on the June 2018 fiscal assessment report. In the second session we will hear representatives of the Economic and Social Research Institute speak about its budget priorities. In our final session the Irish Tax Institute will address budget 2019. Before we start and welcome our large number of guests, I propose that we go into private session to deal with a number of matters.