Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Monday, 31 May 2021

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

Business of Select Committee

Photo of Lisa ChambersLisa Chambers (Fianna Fail)
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I remind members to ensure their mobile phones are switched off. Apologies have been received from Senator Eileen Flynn. I welcome everyone to the meeting.

The correspondence we have received is from the public transport regulation division of the Department of Transport concerning cross-Border rail and the strategic rail review, which is dated 21 May. We have also received correspondence from the UK European Affairs Committee's Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. It is an invitation from the chair, Lord Jay, for a discussion between respective committees. This is something for us to consider and we might get a chance to come back to that at the end of this meeting. There is a request to engage between ourselves and that committee. The difficulty we might have is that we have a reporting deadline of early July and it has a reporting deadline of the end of July. It is for the committee to consider if we want to schedule an additional meeting but it would be a virtual one. We could join from outside the Leinster House campus and we might perhaps get an opportunity to have that engagement before we issue our report, which might be good. We will circulate an email to members and take feedback to see if it is possible to find a date that suits the members of both committees before our reporting deadline.

We move to the draft minutes of the meeting of 24 May 2021, which was attended by officials from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and the Commission on the Administration of Justice. Is it agreed to adopt the minutes? Agreed.