Meanwhile back at the Seanad… July 9, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Northern Ireland.
Interesting stuff that the address by Drew Nelson, Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland to the Seanad, included, and worth a read.
Anyone know anything about the claim as regards Séan O’Casey in the paragraph below?
I thank the Cathaoirleach for giving me an opportunity to respond to Senators. I realised this morning that the Oireachtas has three Houses, the third of which is Áras an Uachtaráin. We have received at least 14 previous invitations to visit Áras an Uachtaráin, but this is the first time we have been invited to Leinster House. I want to pay tribute to the efforts of President McAleese and Senator McAleese in issuing those invitations, which started to open the lines of communication in a formal way and led to what is happening today. The two university representatives who spoke are welcome to inspect our membership books for Trinity College LOL. One of the signatures in the books shows that Isaac Butt was a member. Senators might be surprised to learn that Seán O’Casey was a member of the Orange institution for some time. Perhaps most of them knew that already. Maybe none of them knew.
I like the last couple of sentences, he’s clearly managed to adopt the curious inflections and sentence construction that one hears there in the Seanad… and all in the space of an hour or two. Kudos to that man.