I pay tribute to Mr. Shay Byrne, Head Usher, who retires today having served the Houses and Members for 38 years. He began his career in Leinster House in April 1973 and has served with ten different Seanads since. He has always been dedicated, reliable and extremely committed to ensure the highest level of service to all Members. Shay has always been a friendly face in Leinster House. I recall being greeted by Shay in the inquiries office when I first came here and he has always had a cheerful word.
A key element of Shay's career has been his complete loyalty to Leinster House and his obliging personality and attitude that it was never too much trouble to sort out a problem. I have always heard it said from staff and Members that one can just ask Shay and he will sort it out.
In 2005 Shay was appointed Head Usher, a testament to his ability and dedication to his work. He has adapted to the changes and the environment in the Houses and has taken on board all the new duties and services which arose from the development of the Houses and the committee structure. I wish Shay, his wife Geraldine and his son and daughter, James and Rachel, the very best for the future in a happy and healthy retirement.