Seanad debates

Friday, 27 March 2020

Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020: Motion for Earlier Signature


12:00 pm

Photo of Denis O'DonovanDenis O'Donovan (Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I wish Senators Humphreys and Lawlor, who are not running again, the best of luck in their private lives. I am sure there is life outside politics. I wish those who are running every success next week. I ask the Minister, his colleagues and the caretaker Government to keep up the good work. There are many difficult decisions to be made.

I convey my deepest sympathies to the families, friends and relations of those who have died because of this terrible disease. I wish everyone well who is currently in intensive care fighting the disease, waiting to be tested or waiting for results. It is a worrying time for them.

I thanked a lot of people here today, including all the staff. I forgot one person. On 25 October last, a particular woman, my wife, Eileen, saved my life because I collapsed due to low sodium levels, and spent most of a week in St. James's Hospital, with 14 hours in intensive care. Fortunately, I came out the other side. She is my pillar of strength. Not only did she save my life, she has been there for me in my hours of weakness, which I do have, since I am not invincible.She has been there for me and is certainly keeping me safe at the moment and wants me home safe tonight. That is my final say before I conclude; I presume we will be adjourning. The House is adjourned sine die.


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