Friday, 27 March 2020
An Bille um Bearta Éigeandála ar mhaithe le Leas an Phobail (Covid-19) 2020: An Dara Céim - Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020: Second Stage
Gabhaim buíochas leis an gCathaoirleach as ucht a tacaíochta le ceithre bliana anuas. Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire. Ní hé sin an chéad uair a raibh sé anseo. Bhí sé anseo go minic cheana ag plé go leor leor rudaí. I wish the Minister every success in what he is doing. When things get tough, real leaders are needed. I am not a member of any political party but I see that leadership in the Minister, the Taoiseach and the Government. I wish the Government, Fianna Fáil and whomever else Fine Gael is having discussions on forming a new government with every success. The sooner a Government is formed, the better. The Minister has made decisions and taken action. As he said at the beginning, Government may not have got it 100% right, but it has at least taken decisive action and shown decisive leadership.
To move to another front, I will not repeat what others have said but to get really good followers, one needs good leaders. The Minister, the Taoiseach and their colleagues are showing such leadership, as are all the parties. They are all rowing in and putting on the Irish jersey to make this happen and to make it work. This is not about politics but about people's health. The Minister and the Government have to perform a number of balancing acts. The fundamental one relates to our health. My sincere sympathies go out to the families of the ten people who recently died as a result of this coronavirus and to my colleague, Senator Ruane, on the passing-----