Business of Joint Committee

Apologies have been received from Deputies Tony McLoughlin and Sean Sherlock, as well as from Pat Doherty, MP, Mark Durkan, MP, Francie Molloy, MP and Margaret Ritchie, MP. I welcome Mickey Brady, MP. I also welcome a new member, Deputy O'Dowd, to the committee. I also am glad to extend congratulations on behalf of the committee to our colleague, Senator Feighan, on the birth last Saturday of his baby daughter, Francesca.

The joint committee will have two sessions today. In our first session, we will hear from the Committee on the Administration of Justice on the human rights and equality implications of Brexit in the North. In the second session, we will hear from the Special EU Programmes Body, SEUPB, on the implications of Brexit for EU funding, including PEACE and INTERREG funding.

Is it agreed to go into private session to consider a number of housekeeping items? Agreed.

The joint committee went into private session at 2.08 p.m. and resumed in public session at 2.35 p.m.