Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Select Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Traffic and Roads Bill 2021: Committee Stage

Photo of Kieran O'DonnellKieran O'Donnell (Limerick City, Fine Gael)
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The purpose of this meeting is to give Committee Stage consideration to the Road Traffic and Roads Bill 2021. I welcome the Minister for Transport, Deputy Eamon Ryan, and his officials to the meeting.

Witnesses are reminded of the long-standing parliamentary practice to the effect that they 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 their statements are potentially defamatory of an identifiable person or entity, they will be directed to discontinue their remarks. It is imperative that they comply with any such direction.

Members 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 remind members of the constitutional requirement that they must be physically present within the confines of the Leinster House complex in order to participate in public meetings. Reluctantly, I will not permit a member to participate where he or she is not adhering to this constitutional requirement. Therefore, any member who attempts to participate from outside the precincts will be asked to leave the meeting. In this regard, I ask that members participating via Microsoft Teams that, prior to making their contributions, they confirm that they are on the grounds of the Leinster House campus.

If attending in the committee room, members and officials are asked to exercise personal responsibility in protecting themselves and others from the risk of contracting Covid-19.

I remind members that, should a vote be called, they must come to the committee room physically in order to vote.