Business of Joint Committee

I remind members to turn off their mobile phones as they cause interference with the broadcasting equipment. I propose that we go into private session. Is that agreed? Agreed.

The joint committee went into private session at 1.34 p.m. and resumed in public session at 1.35 p.m.

Before we commence the main business, I wish to turn to correspondence No. 2013/330, an email from Deputy Browne stating he was recently in contact with the Sports Horse Alliance group, which is seeking an opportunity to appear before this committee. It is proposed to consider this request on our work programme. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Nos. 2018/331(a) and 2018/331(b) are emails from Deputy Ryan on the proposed MetroLink project, requesting that, if possible, the National Transport Authority, NTA, be invited to return.

On Nos. 2018/336(a) and 2028/336(b), an email dated 21 September was received from the NTA attaching a letter concerning proposed changes to the Dublin core bus network and a letter concerning BusConnects Dublin network redesign. It is proposed to revisit this issue once the NTA report on its consultation is available and published. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Nos. 2018/332(a) and 2018/332(b) concern an email from Mr. Caoimhghín Whyte, dated 5 September, attaching a letter on concerns about the state of the driving school industry, and a letter from Mr. Caoimhghín Whyte concerning the state of the driving school industry. I propose to consider this in the context of our work programme for 2019. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Nos. 2018/333(a) and 2018/333(b) concern an email from Mr. Shane Bradley, dated 14 September, attaching a letter from the general manager of Aer Rianta. It is proposed to note this correspondence. Is that agreed? Agreed.

No. 2018/334 is an email from Ms Cindy Barry dated 11 September, to me, as Chairman. I have forwarded it to Irish Rail. We will just see what the reply is. It has to do with a timetabling issue.

No. 2018/335 is a letter from Bus Éireann concerning the safety of Bus Éireann contracted school bus services. It is proposed to convene a meeting on this matter as soon as the committee schedule permits. Is that agreed? Agreed. It is an important issue.