Business of Joint Committee.

As we have a quorum, we will commence. The interference from phones, apart from one phone, was much reduced at yesterday's meeting. I ask members to ensure their mobile phones are switched off.

Apologies have been received from Deputies Eamonn Maloney and Michael Moynihan and Senator Terry Brennan.

I propose we go into private session to deal with other business.

The joint committee went into private session at 9.35 a.m. and resumed in public session at 10 a.m.