Friday, 14 December 1923
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. DARRELL FIGGIS: I understand the motion that I have put down on the subject of wireless broadcasting is being accepted by the Postmaster-General. In view of the fact that there is no opposition, could that motion be taken now and dispensed with?
AN CEANN COMHAIRLE: If the motion is unopposed it could be taken now. My information, on the authority of the Postmaster-General, is that Deputy Figgis insists upon a discussion. That, apparently, has now been remedied.
POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Walsh): The motion is being accepted. I desire the fullest possible investigation into the preliminary stages of this effort of ours to devise a scheme for broadcasting. I welcome the appointment of a Committee. My only desire is that no unnecessary time would be lost in coming to business. It is very important for the sake of broadcasting, and it is particularly important because of the fact that notwithstanding our efforts broadcasting sets are being sneaked into this country without a possibility of detection. This matter should be got over without delay. I accept the motion though I do not quite agree with the wording of the second portion.
“That a Committee of this Dáil be appointed to consider the circular addressed to Deputies entitled `Wireless Broadcasting,' especially in regard to the proposal by which it is intended that the State should pass over the right to licence and tax incoming wireless apparatus to a Clearing House under the control of a private company, the Committee to  consist of nine Deputies to be nominated by the Committee of Selection and to be reported to the Dáil before January 16th, 1924.”
Mr. WALSH: As far as we are concerned, we are most anxious to go ahead at once. It is purely a matter of accommodation for the members of the Committee of Selection. Presumably they will not get going before the re-assembly of the Dáil. In any case the Committee should be sanctioned by the Dáil and we will not have an opportunity of doing that before January 10th.
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