Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

Before I call on the Deputy Leader to outline the Order of Business today, I note that on 3 October 1990 Germany achieved reunification after a long period of division. Ireland is proud of our role in facilitating the momentous events in German history, chairing the crucial meeting in Dublin during our Presidency of the European Council, which led to pan-European support for German reunification. Indeed, Chancellor Helmut Kohl is said to have thanked the Taoiseach with the words, "Germany will never forget what you have done for us." The relations between our two countries stretch back much further. St. Killian, who left Ireland, along with other monks, arrived in Germany in the 7th century and established enduring links between our two countries.

This year, we mark 100 years since the fledgling Irish State appointed its first official representative to Germany - Nancy Wyse Power - to set up an office to promote Irish interests. Ireland and Germany share a strong bilateral relationship that is anchored in our strong economic cultural, social and political links. What defines our relationship is our work together in the European Union where our countries share a common vision and purpose on how to achieve a stronger and more effective Europe, and a better world. I wish the ambassador and all of the people in Germany alles gute zum tag der Deutchen einheit.

I thank the father of the House, Senator Norris, and invite the Deputy Leader to outline the Order of Business today.