Business of Joint Committee

I remind members that due to the current Covid-19 restrictions only the Chairman and staff are present in the committee room and all members must join the meeting remotely from elsewhere in the parliamentary precinct. If any member is outside the parliamentary precinct they might alert the secretariat. The secretariat can issue invitations to join the meeting on Microsoft Teams. Members may not participate in the meeting from outside the parliamentary precincts. Members should mute their microphones when they are not making contributions and use the raise hand function to indicate if they wish to speak. It should be noted that messages sent in the meeting chat are visible to all participants. Members of the committee will be prioritised for speaking slots .

Our meeting today will be in two parts. The first is engagement with representatives of the IFA, Growing Media Ireland, Kildare Growers Group and Commercial Mushroom Producers Co-Operative Society, CMP. The second session will consist of engagement with officials from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Before we begin the first session, we have one item of committee business. The minutes of the private meeting on 8 February have been circulated. Are they agreed? Agreed.