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Tuesday, 10 August 2004
Page: 25995

The PRESIDENT —Order! I would like to draw the attention of honourable senators to the presence in the chamber of a parliamentary delegation from the parliament of Ireland, led by Dr Rory O'Hanlon, Chairman of the Dail Eireann. Dr O'Hanlon is accompanied by Senator Rory Kiely, who is the chairman of the senate. I warmly welcome the delegation to the Australian parliament and in particular to the Senate chamber. I trust that your visit is both informative and enjoyable. With the concurrence of honourable senators I propose to invite both presiding officers, the Ceann Comhairle and the Cathaoirleach, to join me here and take seats on the floor of the Senate, on this historic occasion when both presiding officers from the Irish parliament are with us.

Honourable senators—Hear, hear!

Dr O'Hanlon and Senator Kiely were seated accordingly.