Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin City Council Voting Rights.

Wednesday, 7 May 1969

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 240 No. 5

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Mr. Briscoe: Information on Ben Briscoe  Zoom on Ben Briscoe  asked the Minister for Local Government if members of Dublin City Council who were serving immediately before the dissolution of the council may vote in Seanad elections.

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland  Zoom on Kevin Boland  Subsection (1) of section 44 of the Seanad Electoral (Panel Members) Act, 1947 provides that the electorate at a general election of panel members of the Seanad shall include the members of every council of a county or county borough. Subsection (2) of that section provides that a reference to members of such councils in subsection (1) shall, where the members of the council stand removed from office under Part IV of the Local Government Act, 1941, be construed as a reference to the surviving persons who were members of the council immediately [610] before the removal and have not, since the removal, suffered any such adjudication in bankruptcy or conviction of a crime or offence as would, in the case of a member of the council, have terminated his membership.

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney  Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney  You will be happy now.

Mr. S. Dunne: Information on Seán Dunne  Zoom on Seán Dunne  Are we to take it from that rigmarole that the members of Dublin Corporation retain the very high honour of being able to vote for members of Seanad Éireann?

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland  Zoom on Kevin Boland  The former members, the persons who——

Mr. S. Dunne: Information on Seán Dunne  Zoom on Seán Dunne  Is that not a great consolation to the citizens? Although the corporation is abolished, Deputy Briscoe's question has revealed that we still have votes in respect of Seanad Éireann. There will be bonfires in the streets on account of that.

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland  Zoom on Kevin Boland  Deputies have these votes, anyway, but the former members of the city council retain that privilege despite the action taken by Deputy Dunne and his colleagues.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  Next question, please.

Mr. P. Belton: Information on Patrick Belton  Zoom on Patrick Belton  Despite the action taken by the Minister.

Mr. T.J. Fitzpatrick: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  (Cavan): Arising out of the Minister's reply to the effect that these councillors will have votes in respect of Seanad Éireann, would the Minister now consider withdrawing some of the insulting remarks he made about these former members of Dublin Corporation in which he practically regarded them as criminals?

Mr. James Tully: Information on James Tully  Zoom on James Tully  That is the way he talks.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  Order. That is a separate question.

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland  Zoom on Kevin Boland  That is the Deputy's interpretation. It is a fact that these council members of the Fine Gael and Labour Parties who undertook to serve [611] the citizens of Dublin did attempt to deprive them of essential services—and failed in the attempt.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  Order.

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland  Zoom on Kevin Boland  You seem to be taking a lot of notice today.

Mr. S. Dunne: Information on Seán Dunne  Zoom on Seán Dunne  We are nailing your lies. That is all.


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