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Joint Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment díospóireacht -
Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021

Business of Joint Committee

Before we go into private session, I propose we open the meeting to any other business because I am conscious that public meetings are currently difficult to arrange. Deputy O'Reilly has indicated.

The fact the Cabinet is about to meet face to face for the first time in months signals to me not that there will be a relaxation but perhaps that circumstances are changing a little. Would we be able, therefore, to schedule some additional meetings and have some more freedom in light of that? It would be very welcome. Specifically, can we schedule a meeting with content moderators and representatives from the social media platforms as soon as possible? This is a fairly pressing issue. I tried previously to include it on our work plan but given that we might now have a little more freedom, this might be a good time to consider scheduling a meeting.

We are seeking additional meetings and I think we will be granted them soon. It is my intention today to invite in a representative of the Communication Workers Union to appear before the committee. It is expected that the meeting after next will be with Facebook content moderators.

I propose we now go into private session. Is that agreed? Agreed.

The joint committee went into private session at 10.46 a.m. and adjourned at 10.50 a.m. until 9.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 27 April 2021.