Business of Seanad

I thank all of the staff of the House, particularly Deirdre Lane, Jody Blake and the ushers who are so kind to us all. I thank all of the Senators for their help and assistance. The 24th Seanad has been in operation for almost 14 months and I believe we are doing excellent work despite what others may think. I wish everyone a deserved rest and hope we will come back suitably refreshed for the new term.

On behalf of the Fianna Fáil group, I endorse everything said by the Leader and thank him for his continuing courtesy and understanding of the political foibles in which we all indulge from time to time. I wish him and all on the Government side of the House a very welcome respite. I look forward to returning to the fray in September.

I am sure the Cathaoirleach, Senator Paddy Burke, would like me to wish everyone, including the Leader and all of my colleagues a nice break over the summer. I hope to see them back soon.

The Seanad adjourned at 1.10 p.m. until 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 19 September 2012.