Retirement of Staff Members

Before moving on to Questions on Promised Legislation, ba mhaith liom cúpla focal a rá faoi Gerry O’Gorman, an príomhoifigeach seirbhíse i dTithe an Oireachtais. Tá mé díreach curtha ar an eolas go bhfuil sé ag éirí as a phost tar éis 21 bliain ag obair ar ár son agus ar son an chórais dhaonlathach. Sin 21 bliain as saol oibre 42 bliain. Chomh maith leis sin, tá a bhean chéile Ann ag éirí as a post tar éis 18 mí anseo ag obair ar ár son chun a chinntiú go rabhamar slán agus sábháilte. Guím rath ar an mbeirt acu agus tús nua á dhéanamh acu ar thuras nua ina saol.

I have just learned that Mr. Gerry O'Gorman, head service officer, retired from the Houses of the Oireachtas Service this week after almost 21 years of dedicated service in Leinster House, in a career that spanned 42 years. He is known to his team of service officers for his management skills, his leadership style, his humour and his dedication. Gerry is well respected around the Houses and will be fondly remembered by Members and staff on all sides of the House. In his final week in Leinster House, on behalf of the Members and staff of the Houses of the Oireachtas, I wish to sincerely thank Gerry for his outstanding service. As well as wishing him well, I also want to wish his wife Ann well as she is also retiring from the service this week. Ann has worked tirelessly over the last 18 months to keep us safe as part of the cleaning team here in Leinster House, and we often forget that.

Arís, guím gach rath ar an mbeirt sa turas nua atá os a gcomhair.