The Ceann Comhairle has proposed that we use the prayer and the period of reflection to solemnly mark the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster. Shortly before 10 a.m. 100 years ago today, 10 October 1918, the RMS Leinster sank shortly after leaving Kingstown Harbour, now Dún Laoghaire Harbour, struck by torpedoes from a German submarine. It was the worst maritime disaster in the Irish Sea, with at least 564 members of the ship’s crew, as well as passengers, tragically losing their lives that October morning 100 years ago this morning. We might remember this tragic event during this morning’s period of reflection.
We commence this morning with questions to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Deputy Naughten. I welcome the Minister, the Minister of State, Deputies and staff of the House.