Friday, 18 December 2020
An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business
I am not going to rain on the good mood this morning in the House but Senator Ó Donnghaile is correct. The nation holds its breath in the context of Brexit and the relationship between us as a people and Covid-19.There is a need for the Government to bring clarity and certainty, and not to allow fear and wonder to continue over the Christmas period. Shops, pubs and gastropubs have reopened and there is an air of worry again this morning around when they will close.
I wish the Cathaoirleach and all his family a very happy Christmas. I thank all Members of the House for their courtesy and good humour during what has been a difficult year. I appreciate and thank the staff of the Seanad Office, every one of them, and all the men and women who work in Leinster House. Like Senator Byrne, I would particularly like to thank the unseen heroes of Leinster House: the people who transcribe, the people in the Bills Office, the people who put this place together, our cleaners, the porters and the ushers. I thank everybody. May they all have a peaceful Christmas.