Seanad debates

Friday, 17 December 2004

11:00 am

Don Lydon (Fianna Fail)

I thank the Leader for having arranged a debate on Northern Ireland at such short notice and for having arranged for the Taoiseach to come to the House. I hope we might have a longer debate on that subject in the new year.

I call for a debate on the telecommunications industry in the new year. It is important that we examine all the telephone charges and so on. I say this in light of the success of myself and Senator McHugh in getting O2 to reduce its running charges and we hope that Vodafone will follow suit. It is bad enough to get a message on one's telephone that one is still in the United Kingdom but to be charged double for it is not very nice.

I wish Paddy Behan all the best. One of the reasons he is such a fine person is because his mother came from Glenfinn.

In many parts of the world today, it is no longer politically correct to wish somebody a happy Christmas. At this time of year, we need to remind ourselves that we are celebrating the birth of our saviour. In that spirit, I wish each and every one here a happy and a holy Christmas.


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