Deputy Ó Murchú is substituting for Deputy Carthy, Deputy Pringle is substituting for Deputy Fitzmaurice and the Minister of State, Deputy Heydon, will substitute for Deputy Ring. No apologies have been received.
Before we begin, members now have the option of either being physically present in the committee room or joining the meeting via Microsoft Teams from their Leinster House offices. Members may not participate in the meeting from outside the parliamentary precincts. It is important to note that in order to participate in a division, committee members must be physically present in the committee room. If joining via Microsoft Teams, please mute microphones when not making a contribution and please use the raise hand function to indicate.
Members and all attendees are asked to exercise personal responsibility in protecting themselves and others from the risk of contracting Covid-19. They are strongly advised to practice good hand hygiene. Please do not move any chair from its current position and I urge members to maintain an appropriate level of social distancing during and after the meeting. Masks, preferably of a medical grade, should be worn at all times during the meeting, except when speaking. I ask for attendees' full co-operation on this. Members are reminded of the long-standing parliamentary practice to the effect that, where possible, they should not criticise or make charges against any person, persons or entity by name or in such a way as to make him, her or it identifiable.