Business of Joint Committee.

Apologies have been received from Deputies Christy O'Sullivan, Eamon Scanlon and Martin Ferris. Apologies have also been received from Senator Callanan, who is not a member of this committee but raised the particular issue we will discuss later. We thought it fitting to invite him to the meeting but, unfortunately, he is ill and cannot attend. I propose that we go into private session to discuss some housekeeping matters. Is that agreed? Agreed.

The joint committee went into private session at 12.05 p.m. and resumed in public session at 12.30 p.m.