Whelan sends good wishes to Royal baby in Seanad speech

In a throwback to when Laois was known as the Queen’s county, Labour Senator, John Whelan sent well wishes to a future King of England, last week.

In a throwback to when Laois was known as the Queen’s county, Labour Senator, John Whelan sent well wishes to a future King of England, last week.

Before Senator Whelan began speaking on the importance of building the Garryhinch reservoir in Portarlington, he gave a nod to the Royals and their newest heir.

“In the context of what we have been discussing here for several days and what we are trying to achieve during the final days of the current sitting of the Seanad, it would be remiss of me not to wish the mother and baby well,” Senator Whelan told the Seanad.

With the country officially in a drought, Senator Whelan said in some ways this was to be welcomed because “we are entitled to a good few days of weather.”

The Timahoe senator said he had been preoccupied for some time by water and the failure of previous governments to provide infrastructure in water provision and likened the story to Cinderella.

“This story is told time and again across urban centres. Water provision is like Cinderella,” he said.