This meeting has been convened for the purpose of consideration by this committee of the Microbeads (Prohibition) Bill 2019. I welcome the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Deputy Eoghan Murphy, and his officials.
At the request of broadcasting and recording services, members and visitors in the Public Gallery are requested that, for the duration of the meeting, mobile phones are turned off completely or switched to airplane, safe or flight mode, depending on their device. It is not sufficient to put phones on silent mode, as it maintains a level of interference with the broadcasting system.
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 House or an official either by name or in such a way as to make him or her identifiable.
Before we proceed to consideration of the Bill, I call Deputy Ó Broin.