Business of Joint Committee

I remind members to, please, switch off their mobile phones, as they interfere with the recording equipment in the committee rooms, even when left in silent mode. Apologies have been received from Senator Ó Donnghaile.

Before we go into private session, I extend a warm welcome to An Teachta Connolly, ball nua den choiste. I understand she is to be joined by Deputy Pringle.

They are replacing, in no particular order, former Deputies Mick Wallace and Clare Daly, whom we wish the very best in their new roles and responsibilities. We welcome the new representatives of Independents 4 Change.

The joint committee went into private session at 9.05 a.m. and resumed in public session at 9.30 a.m.