Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 16 November 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action
Carbon Budgets and Climate Action Plan: Engagement with Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications
We will aim to get through questions from members by about 6 p.m. if that is okay with you. Before we begin, I will read out a note on privilege. I would like to remind you of the long-standing parliamentary practice that you should not criticise or make charges against any person or entity by name or in such a way as to make him, her or it identifiable or otherwise engage in speech that might be regarded as damaging to the good name of the person or entity. Therefore, if your statements are potentially defamatory in relation to an identifiable person or entity, you will be directed to discontinue your remarks. It is imperative that you comply with any such direction.
Members of the committee are reminded of the long-standing parliamentary practice to the effect that they should not comment on, criticise or make charges against a person outside the Houses or an official either by name or in such a way as to make him or her identifiable. I also remind members that they are only allowed to participate in this meeting if they are physically located on the Leinster House complex. In this regard, I ask all members, prior to making their contributions, to confirm that they are on the grounds of the Leinster House campus.
I invite the Minister to make his opening statement.