Death of Former Member

We are sad to hear of the passing of a former Cathaoirleach and colleague, of mine and of many Members. The late, great Rory Kiely passed away this morning. He was a very energetic man who had travelled to Mayo to Seán Calleary's funeral only last week. Rory was 84 years of age and a proud Limerick GAA man. There were very few matches he did not travel to when the green of Limerick was playing. They are going well this year so it will be a big loss. Rory was the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad from 2002 to 2007. He was a close friend and father figure to me for many years. There will be a formal tribute to Rory later, but today, given that he was a former Member of the Seanad with long service and a former Cathaoirleach, the Seanad acknowledges his passing and we send our sympathies to his family in these very sad circumstances.

I will pay tribute to the former Senator, Rory Kiely, at the conclusion of the Order of Business. It is appropriate to remember Rory Kiely today and I thank the Cathaoirleach for the expression of sympathy.