Seanad debates

Friday, 16 December 2022

Election of Leas-Chathaoirleach


11:30 am

Photo of Róisín GarveyRóisín Garvey (Green Party) | Oireachtas source

It is great that the outgoing Cathaoirleach will to become Leas-Chathaoirleach if everything goes according to plan. It is great to have someone like that as a wingman, or wing person.

Senator Joe O'Reilly has made my life so much easier in the Chamber. He would say to me, “Don't sweat it, Róisín, it will be okay.” Even though he loves talking, he was always brief in the Chamber and in the Chair, which is a great skill to have for someone who loves to tell a story. I really admire that in him because I tend to talk a lot myself. Brevity can be vital in roles like chairing meetings of the Seanad because we all love the sound of our own voices. I wish him the very best of luck, and I look forward to having more chats with him. I thank him for all always asking after my father, Flan Garvey, because I know he made lots of trips to the North and they worked together on lots of the North-South stuff that my father campaigned on and pioneered for 30 or 40 years.

I wish the best of luck to Senator Mark Daly in his new role as Leas-Chathaoirleach. I have no doubt it will not put a stop to his gallop. I sincerely thank Senator Joe O'Reilly for all the great work.


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