I welcome everyone to this virtual public meeting using Microsoft Teams. Apologies have been received from Deputies Devlin and O'Donoghue and Senator Warfield. I do not think we have received any other apologies.
Business of Joint Committee
Deputy Griffin is attending Leaders' Questions in the Dáil.
I thank the Senator. The Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil, Deputy Ó Fearghaíl, and the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, Senator Mark Daly, have appealed to everyone in the parliamentary community to continue to follow public health advice, to wear a mask and to maintain social distancing. I request that members, witnesses and staff use the wipes and hand sanitisers provided to clean seats and desk that are shared so as to supplement regular sanitisation. This will help to mitigate the risk of Covid-19, including the Delta variant, spreading among the parliamentary community.
The first item on the agenda is the approval of the minutes of the previous meeting. I propose that we approve the minutes of the private and public meetings of 8 July 2021 which have already been approved in the virtual meeting this morning. We must do it for procedural reasons. Is that agreed? Agreed.