Business of Special Committee

We have been notified that Deputy Costello will substitute for his party colleague, as will Deputies Ward, Ó Murchú, Devlin and McAuliffe. We take the 12 items of correspondence as noted. I want to discuss one item, namely, that relating to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, in private session at 4 p.m. when we are discussing the draft report on the stimulus package. A draft of the committee's report, Stimulating Enterprise in the Economy, has been circulated and will be considered in private session, with a view to it being published tomorrow. Additional reports are being drafted on testing and contact tracing and Covid-19 in nursing homes, and an interim progress report is being prepared. We have had extensive discussion of the fact that they are being prepared, rather than their contents, in the working group. We can discuss the actual draft report at 4 p.m.

I agree with the Chairman. I understand that UCD may have some research which may help us in respect of the nursing homes report if we can follow that up. I understand that a very important report is being prepared.

We will certainly write to UCD and invite it to make a submission based on that research.

It would be very informative.

We will also discuss our work programme in private session at 4 p.m. As we are approaching the end of the lifetime of this committee, I will bring forward a proposal to meet with Dublin Airport Authority, Shannon Airport Authority and the two main airlines which service Ireland, Aer Lingus and Ryanair, before the summer recess. We can discuss that in detail at 4 p.m. I am told we will be meeting on Friday in the Seanad Chamber as the Dáil Chamber will be used by the Seanad on that day.

Yes, without the music.