Friday, 27 March 2020
Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020: Motion for Earlier Signature
-----I had better say something. I thank the Cathaoirleach and Minister. The legislation passed here is very significant and momentous and I am glad I was able to play my part in it. To everybody here, it has a been a wonderful experience for me and I hope to continue it but who knows? They are in the post upstairs somewhere but we will have to wait until Thursday to get the result. I wish everybody the best. I have enjoyed working with every single person here, including my own group and every other group, being in the Chair and so on. Hopefully, I and many other people who are running can get back.It is a tiny level of trepidation in comparison to what we are facing as a country. In the last few weeks of the campaign sometimes it was difficult to talk about trying to get oneself elected when there were so many things going on in people's lives and businesses that are far more serious and significant in terms of how people are going to exist. I wish everybody the best. I wish the very best to the Minister and the Government. I also wish the very best to whatever form of Government we will have in the coming weeks, and whoever is involved in it, in making sure that our country emerges from this awful pandemic and crisis as best we can. I am happy to play my part, as is my party and our group in the Seanad, in whatever happens. I wish everyone in the country the very best. I wish everyone who is suffering with this awful viral disease the very best in terms of getting better and that their circumstances can be mitigated and made better as best they can.