Business of Joint Committee

I welcome everyone to our public virtual meeting using Microsoft Teams. Apologies have been received from Senators Fintan Warfield and Gerard Craughwell. We have heard that Senator Craughwell had an accident this morning so we wish him all the best.

The Ceann Comhairle, Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl, and the Cathaoirleach, Senator Mark Daly, have appealed to everybody in the parliamentary community to continue to follow public health advice, wear masks and maintain social distancing. I request that members, witnesses and staff use the wipes and hand sanitisers provided to clean shared seats and desks to supplement regular sanitation. This will help mitigate the risk of Covid-19, including the Delta variant, spreading among the parliamentary community.

I propose we approve the minutes of the private and public meetings held on 22 June, which have been approved in virtual private meetings. Is that agreed? Agreed.