Friday, 27 March 2020
Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020: Motion for Earlier Signature
I thank the Cathaoirleach for allowing me to speak. I thank all Senators for the way they have treated this Bill today. During a period of emergency like this, it is really important that the normal functioning of democracy continues, that questions are asked and that opposing views are aired but it is so important that this Bill passed through this House this afternoon. I thank all Senators for allowing that to happen and for the manner in which they raised their concerns or views on the Bill. The fact that this Bill is about to commence its final phase before it becomes law means that potentially very many people who will need support from the State next week will now get it. I am also conscious that these are the last moments of this session of the Seanad and I wish all those Members who will be getting ready for the count next week and those Members who may be going on to other things either through choice or not every success. I thank them for the courtesy and rigour with which they have always treated me when I have been in this House. I thank the Cathaoirleach and all his staff and wish everybody good luck in the days to come.