Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 12 May 2020
Special Committee on Covid-19 Response
Election of Chairman
Clerk to the Committee:
As all members are present we have a quorum. I advise the committee that I have not been notified of any substitution in accordance with paragraph 7 of our terms of reference. The first item of business is the election of the Chair. In accordance with Dáil precedent I will seek nominations from parties and groups in the order they appear in the terms of reference of the committee and afterwards put the question or questions in the order of nominations received. I will now seek nominations for Chair.
I am used to standing in the Dáil Chamber but in the committee rooms we always sit. On behalf of the Sinn Féin Party I nominate Deputy David Cullinane as chairperson of the committee. He has the skills to assist the committee in its important work over the next period. He is a second term Teachta Dála and a former Member of the Seanad. He has served on many committees, including the Committee of Public Accounts. He brings the skills that are necessary to support the committee's work.
I thank all of my colleagues for the honour that they have bestowed on me. We are all very aware of the importance of the work that this committee will carry out. I hope that we can do so in as collegial a manner as possible and that we can keep things as short as possible. On that basis, I do not propose to say anymore other than to thank members.
I propose that we suspend the committee for the moment before returning in private session to discuss a programme of work. Is that agreed?
Obviously, there are procedural issues relating to the committee's scheduling and the number of times that we will meet. There is a restriction of two hours. We in our group are eager to ensure that a number of sessions take place next Tuesday. As opposed to just the programme, we ask that the Chairman facilitate a discussion on a number of procedural issues.