Seanad debates

Wednesday, 12 February 2003

Private Business. - The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Charters Amendment) Bill 2002: Second Stage.


10:30 am

Photo of Joe O'TooleJoe O'Toole (Independent)

Or "the Whatettes". I wondered would we have to find a new name for County Meath, not to mention what would happen in the case of the royal family. I am not sure what the royal family or Jim Royle and his family would make of all of this.

People who cannot accommodate their history should find a different place to live. This is the name of this distinguished college. I might say it is the distinguished name of this distinguished college. In that sense we should reflect on the fact that this is where it is rooted and that is what it means. It is a good reminder of the length of our history and that we should not spend our lives flattening out the spaces in history. That is not the way we do our business; we look at it in the round and we deal with it.

I hope we have matured as a nation. I certainly know that everybody in this House will have grown up and matured to the point where we do not need to blow up Nelson's Pillar once again. We can leave it sitting there and deal with it.


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