Election of Acting Chairman

Clerk to the Committee

I call the meeting to order. We have the required four members present, including at least one from each House. Therefore, we can commence the meeting. The Chairman has given notice that he will be unavoidably absent from the meeting. According to Standing Orders, the committee must proceed at once to elect one of its members to act as Chairman. I invite nominations for the position of Acting Chairman.

I propose Senator Lynn Ruane.

Clerk to the Committee

Thank you. Are there any more nominations? No. I put the question that Senator Ruane be elected Acting Chairman. Is that agreed? Agreed. I declare Senator Ruane elected as Acting Chairman and I invite her to take the chair.

Apologies have been received from Deputies Pat Buckley, Martin Heydon, Dara Murphy, Sean Sherlock, Brendan Ryan and Eugene Murphy and Senator Jerry Buttimer. I advise members to turn off their mobile telephones or switch them to flight mode, as they interfere with the sound system and interfere with the broadcasting of the meeting. In accordance with standard procedures agreed by the Committee on Procedure for paperless committees, all documentation for the meeting has been circulated to members on the document database.

I propose that we go into private session to deal with some matters before returning to public session. Is that agreed? Agreed.

The joint committee went into private session at 1.44 p.m. and resumed in public session at 1.56 p.m.