Business of Select Committee.

We are in public session. Members are reminded of the long-standing parliamentary practice to the effect that they should not comment on, criticise or make charges against a person outside the Houses or an official by name or in such a way as to make him or her identifiable. I also remind members that they are only allowed to participate in this meeting if they are physically located on the Leinster House campus. In this regard, I ask that members, prior to making their contributions to the meeting, confirm they are on the grounds of the Leinster House campus.

I note that the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Deputy Ossian Smyth, is standing in for the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Deputy Eamon Ryan, today and that the Minister of State joins us from Government Buildings. Is that correct?

Good morning to the committee. I confirm that I am in Government Buildings.

I thank the Minister of State. I propose that at the end of the first two-hour session, the committee will go into private session for five minutes to consider an item of correspondence that has been received. Is that agreed? Agreed.