Friday, 17 July 2020
Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad
Tomorrow marks Nelson Mandela International Day as designated by the United Nations. Thirty years ago, this month, on 2 July 1990 Nelson Mandela addressed the Dáil in this Chamber after 28 years in prison. He had been six months out of prison when he addressed the Dáil. When he spoke in this Chamber, he referred to the South Africa he wished to see. He said, "We too will be free." He quoted the line from the Proclamation that they would cherish all the children of the nation equally.
In that theme we are delighted that Senator Flynn has joined us as a Member of Seanad Éireann. This week is Traveller Pride week, whose theme is diversity and inclusion. Hopefully, one day Senator Flynn's extraordinary achievements will just be ordinary for members of her community.