Personal Explanation by Minister

Before proceeding with the debate, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine has informed the Ceann Comhairle that he wishes to make a personal explanation to the House pursuant to Standing Order 56.

This is the opportunity to correct the record of the House regarding my contribution to statements on the level 5 response to Covid-19, which took place on Friday, 23 October, here in the convention centre. I previously referred to this matter at a meeting of the Joint Committee on Agriculture and Marine and I want to comment on it again now. On the date in question, I took the opportunity to update the House on a notice issued by my Department for the hand sanitiser product, ViraPro. I indicated that preliminary results from samples taken between 30 September and 2 October were received in my Department on 8 October. However, I am now aware that these preliminary test results were, in fact, received by my Department on 6 October. I wanted to make sure that the record was correct in this regard. I wanted to bring that correct information, which has come to my attention in the interim, to the attention of House in order to ensure that the record is corrected. I thank the Ceann Comhairle and his office for their assistance in the matter.