Friday, 16 December 2022
Election of Leas-Chathaoirleach
I congratulate Senator Buttimer on his election to the role of Cathaoirleach. I have confidence that he will be fair and independent and I wish him well in the role.
I want to take a moment to recognise my friend and colleague Senator Joe O'Reilly. He wore the office of Leas-Chathaoirleach really lightly and performed in an extremely good fashion. It is a testament to him that he has so much support across the Chamber. I also want to join Senator Higgins in recognising the huge work he has done over approximately 15 years at the Council of Europe. He is recognised by people from across all parties and has managed to build friendships across all political groups at the council. He has done sterling work there and it is important to recognise that. With his humour, friendliness and good nature, he has done huge credit to the office of Leas-Chathaoirleach and I wish him well in the coming years.