Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 11 July 2013
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Bord Iascaigh Mhara Annual Report 2011: Discussion
I welcome the representatives from Bord Iascaigh Mhara: Mr. Jason Whooley, chief executive officer; Mr. Donal Maguire, aquaculture manager; Ms Connie Kelleher, financial manager; Mr. Michael Keating, fisheries development manager; and Mr. Donal Buckley, business development manager. I thank them for attending today to brief the committee on their recent annual report, which has been submitted to the committee.
I remind the witnesses that they are protected by absolute privilege in respect of the evidence they are to give to the committee. However, if they are directed by the committee to cease giving evidence on a particular matter and continue to do so, they are entitled thereafter only to qualified privilege in respect of their evidence. They are directed that only evidence connected with the subject matter of these proceedings is to be given. They are asked to respect the parliamentary practice to the effect that, where possible, they should not criticise or make charges against a person or an entity by name or in such a way as to make him, her or it identifiable. Members are reminded of the long-standing parliamentary practice to the effect that they should not comment on, criticise or make charges against a person outside the Houses or an official by name or in such a way as to make him or her identifiable.
I invite Mr. Whooley to make his opening statement.