Seanad debates

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

10:30 am

Photo of Denis O'DonovanDenis O'Donovan (Fianna Fail)
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Before I ask the Leader to outline the business of the day, I wish to bring to the attention of Members - some may already be aware of it - the death of a former Clerk of the Seanad, Mr. Jack McGowan-Smyth, at the age of 94. Mr. McGowan-Smyth served as Clerk of this House for 15 years, from 1958 to 1973, after which he left to pursue a career in the European Parliament. He published two books, including one entitled The Theory and Practice of the Irish Senate. It would do Members, including myself, no harm to read that particular book. It provides a good insight into the workings of the House.

I propose to convey the sympathy of the House to Mr. McGowan-Smyth's wife, Christine. I propose that Members now stand and observe a minute's silence.

Members rose.