Johnson, Thomas

Friday, 12 January 1923

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 2 No. 16

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INTERIM REPORT ON ARTICLES 21 AND 23 OF CONSTITUTION.

Will you kindly explain to us what is the position with regard to this? This is a Report which was passed, I understand, by the Seanad regarding something affecting the Seanad. How do we come into i...More Button

Would a discussion on it come on when the question arises?More Button

I take it the form it will take is, that the Minister will move a motion to the effect that this Report be considered by the Dáil. There is no automatic coming into consideration; it will have to be a...More Button

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON APPOINTMENT OF COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR-GENERAL.

I think it would be well to draw attention to the rather unusual manner of presenting this name—Mr. George McGrath—and recommending it to the Dáil for this appointment. Last week I urged that the app...More Button

I am sorry I cannot hear the Minister.More Button

DÁIL IN COMMITTEE ON ELECTORAL BILL. - PART III.—METHOD AND COSTS OF ELECTIONS.

I think it would be an advantage if, in discussing this question henceforth, we should use the term “single transferable vote” when we are dealing with the method of taking an election. I think it is...More Button

I beg to move the amendment. The intention is to ensure that the General Election shall take place upon a Monday. I am sure that will appeal to any member of the Dáil who may have business of a reta...More Button

It should be the first Monday.More Button

Might I suggest that the wealthy organisation will not be deterred if it wants to run propagandist destructive candidates, by the difference between £50 and £150, especially in view of what the Minist...More Button

I move the following amendment:—More Button

I move “To delete all words after `shall be' and to substitute the words `returned to the person by whom the deposit was made as soon as practicable after the result of the election is declared.' ” Th...More Button

I am prepared to withdraw it in the meantime under these circumstances. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

Is it not the custom to use an embossing stamp? I thought that was a general rule.More Button

I suggest that Deputy Figgis would put that forward as an amendment—that it should be an embossed stamp.More Button

Knowing the weight that Deputy McCarthy's views will have with the Minister, I just want to draw attention to his suggestion that candidates should have proper personation agents in the booth. You mi...More Button

I am very glad to hear that. The report of the Committee that Deputy McCarthy speaks of should be circulated as soon as possible with a view to helping the discussion of this Bill.More Button

There is just a point of order I would like to raise. Standing Order 58 sets forth than on Friday Ministerial business shall cease at six unless some agreement is come to. I think the Dáil would be ...More Button

Does not the amendment imply that the candidate must be present? You cannot put that into an Act.More Button

Would it not be necessary to have all these additional powers in this Bill?More Button

May I presume upon the patience of the Dáil and ask the Minister to refer to Clause 30? I forgot to draw attention to one small point which the Minister in charge of the Bill might deal with at the n...More Button

There is no provision whereby the returning officer can decide anything in the case of a tie. I do not know whether it is intended in the case of a tie that he should have the power of giving a decid...More Button

I think that the point raised by the Deputy who has just sat down is the essence of this little difficulty. The words “connected with” seem to imply organic association and not physical connection. ...More Button

DÁIL IN COMMITTEE ON ELECTORAL BILL. - DEBATE ON ADJOURNMENT.

I gave notice earlier in the day that I wanted to raise two questions. First, to ask the Minister for Home Affairs to take the opportunity to explain the intentions of the Ministry in regard to sweep...More Button


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