Business of Seanad

As I hope this will be the last sitting day this year, I wish all Members a very happy Christmas. I thank Ms Deirdre Lane, Mr. Martin Groves and the staff of the Seanad Office for their co-operation during the year. I also thank the Leas-Chathaoirleach, Acting Chairmen, Members and the ushers for their great co-operation throughout the year. I wish all of them a happy and a safe Christmas in looking forward to 2016.

I congratulate Senator Jillian van Turnhout on becoming politician of the year. She has been given the gong and is keeping the flag flying for the Upper House.

It is well deserved. I was given that honour once myself.

In what year?

It was a long time ago.

In the 19th century.

In the last century.

It will be even longer again.

Correction; it was this century.

Congratulations.

I thank the Cathaoirleach.