Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Business of Seanad: Motion
These four years were my noviciate, we hope. The Cathaoirleach is making an interesting point. That was called a vocational experience but politics in a democracy is a vocation. We need to be skilled and professional but actually, at its deepest, it is a vocation. I clearly see that. I thank my Civil Engagement colleagues who were very tolerant towards me, not because of my gender, it was deeper than that. They were most helpful to me throughout the years and I owe them a lot for their support. I am looking forward to spending more time here. That is in the lap of the gods. I was upset and shocked at the death of Noel Whelan and, as we come into an election period, I feel it intensely and remember his analysis, his views, good humour and strong communication. I am happy to have the opportunity to serve and I hope I can serve in some way again.