This committee was to start at 1.30 p.m. What happens is one must put the committee ar athló. It must be postponed for a period. Nobody turned up for a quarter of an hour at all. I realise everybody is working flat-out but it is embarrassing for the committee to a certain extent when witnesses arrive and they have to wait. We were very close to the meeting being called off today and the witnesses, having travelled up today, being sent home. It would have been a major embarrassment for all the members of the committee.
Tá ceathrar comhalta i láthair, mar is gá, agus Teachta amháin agus Seanadóir amháin san áireamh. Mar sin, is féidir linn an cruinniú a thosnú. Tá leithscéal faighte ón Teachta Éamon Ó Cuív nach feidir leis teacht isteach inniú. Iarraim ar chomhaltaí a gcuid gúthán póca a mhúchadh. I ask all members to turn off their phones.