Wednesday, 16 May 1928
Seanad Éireann Debate
Go n-aontuighidh an Dáil leis an Seanad ina Rún a cuireadh in úil don  Dáil an 2º lá de Bhealtaine, 1928, go bhfuil sé oiriúnach Có-Choiste ar a mbeidh cúigear ball den Dáil agus cúigear ball den tSeanad do cheapa chun breithniú agus tuairisciú do dhéanamh ar na “Rialacha Cúirte Cuarda” a dhin an tAire Dlí agus Cirt fé Alt 66 den Acht Cúirteanna Breithiúnais, 1924 (Uimh. 10 de 1924), Rialacha do tíolacadh do ghach Tigh den Oireachtas ar an 25º lá d'Abrán, 1928.
That the Dáil concur with the Seanad in their Resolution communicated to the Dáil on the 2nd day of May, 1928, that it is expedient that a Joint Committee consisting of five members of the Dáil and five members of the Seanad be appointed to consider and report on the “Rules of the Circuit Court” made by the Minister for Justice under Section 66 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1924 (No. 10 of 1924), and presented to both Houses of the Oireachtas on the 25th day of April, 1928.
That a Joint Committee consisting of five members of the Dáil and five members of the Seanad be appointed to consider and report on the “Rules of the Circuit Court” made by the Minister for Justice under Section 66 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1924 (No. 10 of 1924), and presented to both Houses of the Oireachtas on the 25th day of April, 1928.
CATHAOIRLEACH: This matter now goes to the Selection Committee and might I suggest—I hope they will not think it an impertinence on my part—that the Committee will be wise to put upon the Joint Committee one or two men well acquainted with business and commercial transactions. It is they who really are interested in these Rules of Court.
We have to meet this day week, not by reason of the fact that there is any pressure of business, but because there is one matter, and that is the Private Bill that deals with the organisation, etc., of the Methodist Church in Ireland.  There is corresponding legislation going through the Parliament of the Northern province on precisely the same lines, and I understand it will be through in a few weeks. Unless it is disposed of by us by this day week the Bill will not be in time to pass through the Dáil this Session, I understand. Had it not been for this Bill I do not think I would have been justified in asking the House to meet this day week, because I do not think there will be sufficient business to justify me in asking it to do so.
CATHAOIRLEACH: I think it is only fair that these people should get their Bill through. I only mention it for this purpose: if there are any Senators living a considerable distance away, who have other matters to attend to, they will understand that this is practically the only matter of importance that will be disposed of on that day. I hope that Senators who live in the vicinity of Dublin will make it their  special business to attend on Wednesday. We will also have the Report Stage of the Arterial Drainage Bill to dispose of.
Mr. DOUGLAS: I intend to put down a motion asking the House to take the remaining stages of the Methodist Church in Ireland Bill on Wednesday. Perhaps, as a matter of interest, I might say that the position is an almost humorous one. The Methodist Church desires home rule in this country. They will have it in June in Northern Ireland. A conference meets on the 10th of June, and if they have not got this Bill from the Free State by then they will meet with the authority of one section of the country but without the authority of another section, to do their own business without interference from England, a position that would be somewhat anomalous and humorous. I think it is desirable that the two stages of the Bill be taken so that all stages of it can be disposed of in the Dáil by the time it is required.
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