Seanad debates

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

2:30 pm

Photo of Rose Conway WalshRose Conway Walsh (Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I know. This is where all of the intellectual debates happen. I thank the Cathaoirleach for the manner in which he has presided over this House since I was elected to it in 2016. He has run it in an exemplary way. I also thank the Leas-Chathaoirleach, Senator Coghlan. It is not just because my mother is from Kerry that I am saying thanks to him. His kindness and direction, no more than the Cathaoirleach's, needs to be acknowledged on a day like today as well as on many other tough days in the past. I will always remember when Martin McGuinness passed away the kindness shown to us by Senator Coghlan over that period.

I thank all Seanadóirí.We come from different persuasions and we have different ideas about things but we have all worked together in a respectful manner. We do not always have to agree on everything. In fact, sometimes we get the best results when people do not agree on things. I even found myself agreeing with Senator McDowell on occasion. That really worried me but I have got over it.


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