Business of Seanad

Before I call the Leader to outline the business of the day, I would like, as Cathaoirleach, as I should have done last week, to express my gratitude and thanks to the Clerk Assistant of the Seanad, Ms Bridget Doody, and the staff. We had long and late hours. I omitted and neglected to do it last week. They were very professional, patient and helpful to me. It is important to acknowledge the work done by Ms Doody and the other staff in the absence of the Clerk of the Seanad. At the last sitting, there was such intense debate that I omitted to do that and apologise that I neglected to convey my thanks and, I am sure, those of the House, to the staff.