Seanad debates

Thursday, 21 March 2024

9:30 am

Photo of Jerry ButtimerJerry Buttimer (Fine Gael)
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I welcome to the Distinguished Visitors Gallery our Greek ambassador, H.E. Nicolaou, and her PA, Vicky. They are very welcome. As Members are aware, the Greek national day is on Monday, 25 March. I congratulate the people of Greece on the celebration of their national day. It commemorates the start of the Greek Revolution. Ambassador Nicolaou, who has been here for 18 months, has been a strong, positive friend of Ireland and of Members of the Oireachtas. As Members know, the relationship between Ireland and Greece is excellent. As the ambassador said to me, we have had three Greek presidents visit Ireland and President Higgins has reciprocated. I hope that Members of the Oireachtas community will visit Greece later this year. Long live Greece. Zíto i Elláda. That means "Long live Greece". Enjoy your celebration on Monday. I again thank the ambassador for her friendship and support of Ireland.

I now call on the Acting Leader, Senator Mary Seery Kearney, to please outline the business of the day.