Wednesday, 7 May 1969
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. 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  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. S. 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. T.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. 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  the citizens of Dublin did attempt to deprive them of essential services—and failed in the attempt.
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