Friday, 27 March 2020
Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020: Motion for Earlier Signature
I, too, wish the Cathaoirleach all the best and thank him. We have not always seen eye to eye but he has always been fair. The Leas-Chathaoirleach, Senator Coghlan, is stepping down. Both he and the Cathaoirleach have done an excellent job. I thank the ushers and other staff in Leinster House for the courtesy they have shown me and all Members. They are going through difficult times themselves. They are affected as well as the rest of us.
This is my last day in politics. It has been strange. I got back into politics in the midst of an crisis, an economic one, and I am leaving in the midst of a medical one. I hope everyone will stay as safe as they can, remain healthy and adhere to the advice. Let us keep our distance, talk to people, make a phone call every day to someone we know, who may be elderly, and help them in whatever way we can. We can all do something in this crisis.
I appreciate the work of the members of the medical profession. They have stepped up to the mark. I appreciate the work of my colleagues in the agriculture sector and all those along the food chain, who are working to ensure food is provided for people.
I wish the Minister and his colleagues the best in the talks that are going ahead. It is vital that we get a stable Government over a period. We will come out of this. This is a country of resilient people. This is a resilient country and we will stand together and be strong when we come out of it. I wish everybody going for election the best in the counts next week. Those who are stepping aside, like me, have another door to go through. Let us see what that leads us to. I wish everybody all the best. Stay safe and keep your distance.