Business of Joint Committee

I have received apologies from a number of members. We normally meet on Tuesdays and because this special meeting is being held today, Thursday, some had prior engagements. They are Deputies Carroll MacNeill and Costello, Ms Claire Hanna MP and Senators Blaney and Mullen. I propose to call members in the following order and to repeat it if time allows. A total of 15 minutes per party will be allocated for questions and answers. The order will be Fine Gael first, followed by Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, the SDLP, the Alliance Party, Independents, Aontú, Sinn Féin, the Labour Party and the Green Party. That is the order I propose for today. Is that agreed? Agreed.

We have received some correspondence. I suggest that we do not deal with it today but that we call a meeting for Tuesday next. I will arrange that with the clerk, Paul Stephens, who is unavoidably absent today. If it is okay with everybody, we can deal with the correspondence at a private meeting on Tuesday. Is that agreed? Agreed.