Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Business of Joint Committee

Photo of Jackie CahillJackie Cahill (Tipperary, Fianna Fail)
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No apologies have been received. The Covid-19 restrictions have been changed and several committee members are with us in the committee room today. It is grand to be getting back to normal. I ask members, please, to mute their microphones when not making a contribution and to use the raise hand function to indicate. Please note that messages sent to the meeting chat are visible to all participants. Speaking slots will be prioritised for members of the committee. Today's meeting will be in two sessions. These are engagement with the Minister of State, Deputy Malcolm Noonan, and engagement with representatives of the Women in Agriculture Stakeholders Group.

There will be complaints as the meeting goes on that there will be time shortages when discussing the peat issue. The Minister of State, Deputy Noonan, indicated he had only an hour in his diary. The Women in Agriculture Stakeholders Group has been seeking to come before the committee for a significant amount of time so we decided to use our second hour to give it a first opportunity to make a presentation to the committee. I envisage we will have to have it back before the committee in the near future.