Business of Joint Committee

I thank Senator Colm Burke for his attendance to assist us. I remind members to, please, switch off their mobile phones as they interfere with the broadcasting and recording equipment, even when left in silent mode. Apologies have been received from Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick and Senator Frances Black.

We will go into private session to deal with some housekeeping matters.

The joint committee went into private session at 9.10 a.m. and resumed in public session at 9.35 a.m.