Election of Acting Chairman

Clerk to the Committee

In the unavoidable absence of the Chairman, I must call for nominations for the election of a temporary Chairman.

I nominate Deputy Hildegarde Naughton.

Clerk to the Committee

As there are no other nominations, I call on Deputy Hildegarde Naughton to take the Chair.

Deputy Hildegarde Naughton took the Chair.

I remind members to turn off their mobile phones. I have received apologies from Deputy Ó Laoghaire. I propose that we deal with the housekeeping matters first and then go into public session. Is that agreed? Agreed.

The joint committee went into private session at 3.43 p.m. and resumed in public session at 4.32 p.m.