Business of Special Committee

We have been notified that Deputies Ó Cathasaigh, Hourigan, Devlin, Mairéad Farrell, Ó Laoghaire and Funchion will substitute for their party colleagues today.

Are the minutes of the meetings of 30 June and 2 July agreed? Agreed. I will take the 11 items of correspondence received as noted. Deputy Doherty has submitted a questionnaire for commercial banks.

I take it that it is in order for those letters to be issued. Agreed.

Following the meeting of the committee's working group last Friday, the committee's work programme has been agreed until the end of July and circulated to members. Four reports are currently being drafted on the subjects of supports for the economy and business; testing and tracing; Covid in nursing homes; and an interim progress report. The working group also agreed that the committee will meet using Microsoft Teams to read those reports and that priority will be given to the report on supports for the economy and business so that it can feed into the Government's July stimulus package. Furthermore, we propose to dispense with the reading out of opening statements in sessions from next week. I will contact Deputy Carroll MacNeill to see whether she is available to chair the first session on Friday morning. If not, I will-----

The Deputy is available. Deputy Cullinane shared the Chair for the last one. That is great. I thank the Deputy.