Before I ask the Leader to outline the business of the day, I bring to the attention of Members - some may already be aware of it - the death of a former Clerk of the Seanad, Mr. Jack McGowan-Smyth, at the age of 94 years. Mr. McGowan-Smyth served as Clerk of this House for 15 years, from 1958 to 1973, after which he left to pursue a career in the European Parliament. He published two books, including one entitled, The Theory and Practice of the Irish Senate. It would do Members, including me, no harm to read that book which provides a good insight into the workings of the House.
I propose to convey the sympathy of the House to Mr. McGowan-Smyth's wife, Christine. I also propose that Members stand and observe a minute's silence.