Business of Joint Committee

I remind members and delegates to turn off their mobile phones completely as they may interfere with the recording and broadcasting equipment, even when left in silent mode.

Are the minutes of the meeting of 23 January agreed to? Agreed.

I turn to matters related to scrutiny of EU legislative proposals in Schedule B which the committee considered earlier. It is proposed that COM (2018) 551, COM (2018) 664, COM (2018) 674, COM (2018) 684, COM (2018) 707 and COM (2018) 793 do not warrant further scrutiny. Is that agreed? Agreed.

I will now deal with correspondence. No. 2019/394 A is an email received from Ms Áine Doyle, research officer with Fianna Fáil, attaching correspondence from Deputy Troy. No. 2019/394 B is a letter received also from Deputy Robert Troy requesting that representatives of the National Transport Authority be invited to attend a meeting of the committee to discuss the possibility of establishing a ride sharing service to serve rural parts of Ireland. It is proposed that this item be considered in the context of the committee's 2019 work programme. Is that agreed? Agreed.

No. 2019/395 is an email received from Mr. Larry Larkin which was forwarded by Deputy Catherine Murphy. Mr. Larkin has written on behalf of former and current all-Ireland medal winners in athletics and cycling who would like to make a presentation to the committee on an anomaly in Irish athletes competing in international competitions.

It is certainly something we should explore. I received the aforementioned correspondence and believe this is the appropriate committee to discuss the matter. I do not know why this has happened, but it would be useful for us to find out. I cannot imagine that it will be a very extensive item and it could possibly be tagged on with another sports item to our work programme.

That would makes sense. I propose that we consider the item in the context of our 2019 work programme. Is that agreed? Agreed.

No. 2019/396 is an email received from Ms Marie Walsh in the corporate affairs division of the Football Association of Ireland, confirming that the chief executive, Mr. John Delaney, and officials of the organisation have accepted the invitation to appear before the committee on 20 February. It is proposed to note the correspondence as the engagement has been scheduled for that date. Is that agreed? Agreed.