Business of Special Committee

Deputy Jennifer Carroll McNeill took the Chair.

Good morning. I thank our guests for appearing before the committee. There are two matters to flag. The first is that we have a technical issue with our feed this morning so, while our guests can see and hear us, we will be able to hear them but not necessarily see them. It is also possible that the feed will come in and out and there might be a slight time delay. It is just one of those things. It will not be quite as smooth as usual but we can cope with that. Second, I believe that our guests from Fórsa had a problem and were a bit delayed but they are here now and everything is okay.

We have been notified that Deputies Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy, Gannon, Devlin, Murnane O'Connor, McAuliffe, Pádraig O'Sullivan and Cahill will substitute for their party colleagues today. May I take it that the 42 items of correspondence received are noted? Agreed.