Business of Joint Committee

Apologies have been received from Deputy Martin Browne. While the restrictions are in place, priority is given to members and non-members will have to take their place in the queue. Members are requested to ensure that, for the duration of the meeting, their mobile phones are turned off completely or switched to aeroplane, safe or flight mode.

The agenda for today is the impact of Brexit on the agrifood industry and it is the second of our meetings to discuss this. It is getting to a critical point at this stage and no matter what happens, there are going to be headaches on 1 January 2021. Even with a deal, there are going to be serious headaches for trade on 1 January. We will hear first from representatives from the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, ICMSA, who are joining us remotely, and the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association, ICSA. In the second session, we will hear from representatives from An Bord Bia and the Irish Grain and Feed Association.

The meeting will be suspended between each session to allow the desks to be sanitised. On this note, I remind members that there are sanitisation products throughout the room that should be used when taking or vacating a seat.