Business of Joint Committee

No apologies have been received. Before we begin I remind members to turn off their mobile phones completely or put them on airplane mode. I now propose to go into private session. Is that agreed? Agreed.

The joint committee went into private session at 1.34 p.m. and resumed in public session at 1.36 p.m.

I thank Ms Jo Curran of the committee secretariat for all the work she does for us. She is kept busy.

Before we commence the main business I wish to turn to correspondence. The first is No. 2018/291, a letter from the Minister, Deputy Ross, updating the committee on issues raised at a meeting of 7 February regarding accessibility to public transport for people with disabilities. It is proposed to consider this item of correspondence in the context of the committee's report on accessibility of public transport for people with disabilities. Is that agreed? Agreed.

No. 2018/292 is an email dated 13 June from Griffith Avenue and District Residents Association regarding the NTA placing CPOs on residents' gardens and requesting the support of the committee as per the committee's recent engagement re MetroLink. We will include the topic in today's meeting if that is okay.

No. 2018/293 is a letter from Deputy Troy requesting the CEO of the Irish Continental Group, Mr. Eamonn Rothwell, and the MD of Irish Ferries, Mr. Andrew Sheen, to come before the committee to discuss the recent cancellation of Irish Ferries services this summer. We will discuss that when Deputy Troy arrives. He is not present at the moment.