29 Mar 2021, 15.47

The Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage will meet tomorrow to discuss electoral reform when representatives from two organisations appear.

The meeting, scheduled for 9.30am in the Dáil Chamber (watch live), is a resumption of Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the Electoral Reform Bill, with Facebook and Twitter attending.

The witnesses will be

  • Dualta Ó Broin, Head of Public Policy, Facebook Ireland Limited
  • Ronan Costello, Public Policy, Twitter

In advance of the meeting, Committee Chair, Steven Matthews, TD, said: “The Committee looks forward to Tuesday’s resumption of this very important topic, our fourth such meeting, which follows on from meetings with the Minister of State, Academic experts, the Data Protection Commission and Digital Action.

“The meeting will afford the committee the opportunity to get the reaction of Facebook and Twitter to the proposal to establish an Electoral Commission as part of the Programme for Government. Furthermore, during the two-hour discussion we will explore the issues of transparency, interference, misinformation, governance, cybersecurity and political advertising.”

For more information about the work of the Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage see the Committee webpage

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