"I want to wish you all a happy St David’s day.
Like Parliaments all over the world, our work over the past two years has been affected by the pandemic.
Even in the depths of lockdown, democracy continued in Wales. The Senedd’s parliamentary ingenuity and commitment to its people meant that the Welsh Government was held to account over key decisions which affected the lives of every person in Wales.
Today is a key milestone for us. For the first time in almost two years, all 60 Members can attend the Siambr again. As we enter a new phase in our Parliament’s history, it is fitting that this St David’s Day, we pause and reflect on international events and how important our democratic structures are and how fragile they can be.
Our thoughts inevitably turn to Ukraine and its heroic citizens who are enduring unimaginable hardships whilst fighting to protect and maintain their sovereign nation, their proud democracy and way of life. We think of the numerous historic and cultural links which Wales shares with Ukraine and of the respected Ukrainian community who have made Wales their home.
Once again this evening, the Senedd will be lit in the blue and yellow colours of Ukraine’s flag as a sign of our solidarity with them. Ukraine and its people very much remain in our hearts.
On this St David’s day, let us cherish what we have and reach out to others who need our support and love.”
Elin Jones MS, Llywydd of the Senedd