Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Business of Joint Committee

9:00 am

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Apologies have been received from Deputy Noel Grealish. I welcome the members to this meeting.

On my own behalf and on behalf of the committee, I extend our sincere sympathy to the Cosgrave family on the passing of Liam Cosgrave, former Taoiseach, former Minister for External Affairs and former Government Chief Whip, and long-time leader of the Fine Gael Party.

Liam Cosgrave gave exceptional service and commitment to, and undertook diligent work on behalf of, this country. Having had the pleasure of knowing him in more recent years, he was always a gentleman to meet. He was a lovely man who had great knowledge and was obviously of great historical significance. It was always a great pleasure to have a conversation with him about Irish history over the years. I had the opportunity on many occasions to have a cup of tea and refreshments with him after matches in Croke Park. It was always a delight to share those refreshments and reminisce about politics, history and sport in general.

He gave sterling service to this country. He was extremely committed, hardworking and diligent and we were privileged to have had him as a political leader in our country over such a long period of time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Before we commence, I would also like on my own behalf and that of the joint committee to express our sincere sympathies and condolence to the families and friends of the innocent people killed and injured in the horrific attack in Las Vegas on Sunday last. We extend our best wishes and prayers to those still suffering, and indeed, those critically ill, for a full and speedy recovery. I propose that we formally extend our sympathies and condolences to the people of the United States through the chargé d'affairesto Ireland, Mr. Reece Smyth. Is that agreed? Agreed.