Business of Joint Committee

Apologies have been received from Deputy Mac Lochlainn. All Members of the Oireachtas have to attend this meeting remotely from their offices within the Leinster House complex. Remote participation from outside the Leinster House complex is not possible. If there is unwanted feedback, it may be necessary to mute everyone and then the person speaking can unmute himself or herself. I ask everyone to stay muted unless he or she is contributing.

I have received a request from Senator Black to allow the Independent-Aontú group to speak first. Senator Black, who is chairperson of that group, must leave before the end of the meeting, so I am happy to facilitate that with the consent of all the members. There will be 15 minutes per group, and after ten minutes, I will notify the speaker that five minutes remain. It will be up to each group to decide how it rotates its 15 minutes, and leaving time for questions to be answered is important.