Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Committee on Public Petitions
Business of Joint Committee
As we have a quorum of four members, we will commence the meeting and we are in public session. I wish to inform members that an apology has been received from the Chairman, Deputy Sean Sherlock. I also wish to advice members that Standing Order 93(3) of Dáil Éireann states:
In the unavoidable absence of the Chairman, the vice-Chairman shall perform the duties devolved upon, and exercise the authority conferred upon, the Chairman by Standing Orders.
As Vice Chairman of the committee, I propose, therefore, that I chair this meeting. Is that agreed? Agreed.
Those apologies are noted.
Members are requested to ensure that for the duration of the meeting their mobile phones are turned off completely or switched to flight or safe mode, depending on the device. It is not sufficient for members to just put their phones on silent mode as this will maintain the level of interference with the broadcasting system. I propose that we go into private session to deal with some housekeeping matters before we return to public session. Is that agreed? Agreed.