Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Order of Business
Tá an-áthas orm a bheith sa Teach seo inniu. Gabhaim míle buíochas le gach duine. I am extremely proud to be here. I did not expect to speak today and thank the Leas-Chathaoirleach for the opportunity. Now that I am on my feet, I could not let the day go by without doing so. Everybody has complimented and welcomed me and spoken about my family. My wife, who is here, has been through a lot with me down through the years. I have changed careers and moved from one thing to another and without her at my back, I would not be where I am.
My election to this House was the triumph of pragmatism over democracy. I am very proud to be here and I hope to work with both sides of the House. I take my lead from Senator Norris. I will be independent and will vote on each issue as it arises. I thank the Leas-Chathaoirleach and my now colleagues in this distinguished House.