Friday, 16 December 2022
Election of Leas-Chathaoirleach
The Senator would probably have stormed ahead and got a very good vote on that basis. Nonetheless, it is the Members' decision. It is not a decision for the Whips or the Cabinet. It is the decision of Members in Dáil Éireann and it should be the Members' decision in this House. When I say this, I do not in any sense want to take away from what has happened today. I endorse every remark made about the maturity and evolution of our politics that a day such as today could take place and that what is due to happen tomorrow in Dáil Éireann will happen.
Senator Joe O'Reilly's term as Leas-Chathaoirleach has been absolutely perfect in every way. He is, has been and will continue to be a total gentleman. I regret his departure from his position. That is the way the world works, and I cannot say any more about it.