Seanad debates

Friday, 16 December 2022

Election of Leas-Chathaoirleach


11:30 am

Photo of Rebecca MoynihanRebecca Moynihan (Labour) | Oireachtas source

Like others, I will be brief because I am conscious this has been a much longer session than we all expected. I spoke earlier about the incoming and outgoing Cathaoirligh and the Leaders of the House. I take this opportunity to pay tribute to Senator Joe O'Reilly as our outgoing Leas-Chathaoirleach. Joe always approached the job with openness and humour. In doing the very unglamorous job of guiding through important legislation - whether in the depths of the night or the middle of a rainy afternoon - Joe has always been there. It is important to acknowledge the work and commitment that Joe has shown in that role over the past two and a half years. I am delighted that he is not going anywhere and that this is not his obituary, as many people often think when it comes to these changeover occasions. I look forward to working with Joe for the next two and a half years.


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