Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union

Business of Special Committee

Photo of Lisa ChambersLisa Chambers (Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I ask members to remain for a few minutes to discuss our work programme. An email was circulated about this. I am eager that we get notifications and invitations out to people before the Christmas break. Some of the suggestions for witnesses included MEPs and our new Commissioner, Mairead McGuinness. We will try to link in with the ESRI or other stakeholders as well. We may have to communicate by email to get agreement from the committee. I thank the clerk, Christy Haughton, for organising this, because it has been difficult to organise with such a short lead-in time to give people notice to come to meetings. We want to avoid that in the new year. I propose that we allow the clerk to make inquiries with the various stakeholders to see what their availability is. I might come back to members via email, through the clerk, and we will get agreement that way in order that we can have guests lined up for the three weeks when we come back towards the end of January. Is that agreed? Agreed.

If there are any issues or suggestions, I ask members to send them in by email and we can deal with them through email channels. I thank members for their engagement. It was a very positive meeting with the Scottish Government representative, Mr. Russell, and Mr. Neal. It was a good engagement for the committee and a good way to finish the term.


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