Seanad debates

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Finance Bill 2012 (Certified Money Bill): Committee and Remaining Stages


1:00 am

Photo of Michael NoonanMichael Noonan (Minister, Department of Finance; Limerick City, Fine Gael)

The Senator knows it. The first three are going in along that coastline. That might be something we could do because we have no shortage of the tide coming and going here.

While we are telling each other anecdotes, those of us who like to go swimming have been watching the tides since we were children. Do Senators know that the tide works like a pendulum? In the first hour it comes in at one twelfth of the distance, two twelfths in the second hour, three twelfths in the third hour, four twelfths in the fourth hour, two twelfths in the fifth hour and one twelfth in the last hour. It is basic physics.


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