Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

9:30 am

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

We discussed that we should have them in again. I hope the regulations will be such that we can have both parties in the room on the same day.

It is welcome. I referred to further related correspondence. Note 17 asks that we be kept updated on the matter. We should write to the IHRB as it is the contracting authority. The board said its intention is that all systems will be installed. We will ask for an update on that, when work will start and a timeline for completion. We will issue the invites as well. Is the committee happy enough with that?

It may be useful to take No. 592B at this point from Mr. Brendan Gleeson, Secretary General, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. It is dated 17 May 2021 and provides information requested by the committee arising from our meeting with the Department. We raised this subject with the Department. We will note and publish this correspondence.

I note that responses have not been provided to two of our queries with regard to the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority. We are advised that the information is pending.

Before opening the floor on our question regarding Covid-19 inspections at meat plants, it is proposed to request further details on the breakdown of important unannounced and announced inspections. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Members will have noted that the final question, No. 17, provides some further information on CCTV at racecourses. Do members wish to come in on any other aspect of the 17 questions and replies? Deputy Carthy had indicated, as had Deputy Catherine Murphy.


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