Wednesday, 25 October 1944
Seanad Éireann Debate
Táim á thairgsint don tSeanad go dtoghfar an Seanadóir Tadhg O Donnabháin mar Leas-Chathaoirleach. Is deimhin go mbeidh sé inniúil ar an obair a dhéanamh. Bhí taithí agus eolas aige ar ghnó Phaílaiminte ar faodh nios mó na fiche bliain. Tá Gaeilge aige. Bhí Gaeilge ag á athair agus ag a mháthair, agus nuair a bhí sé ina gharsún óg cuireadh Connradh na Gaeilge ar bun ina cheanntar féin níos mó ná 50 bliain ó shoin. Taréis lae fada oibre a dhéanamh ar an bhfeirm théadh sé ag foghluim léigheamh agus scríobhadh na Gaeilge san oíche. Thug sé leis an Ghaeilge an uair úd nuair ná raibh tairbhe ná tuarastal ag gabháil léi, murab ionann agus inniu.
I propose that Senator T.J. O'Donovan be elected Leas-Chathaoirleach. I feel there can be no doubt that he has the qualities necessary to do the work of the office to the satisfaction of the whole House. He has had experience of Parliamentary work in the Dáil for more than 20 years. He is a man of firm and strong opinions, but he has been successful in his Parliamentary career in expressing those opinions in such a way as not to give offence to his colleagues from whom, I think, in the other House, he has always had the greatest respect. He has a knowledge of Irish, he comes from Irish-speaking parents and is one of the people who, many years ago, having done a heavy day's work on the farm, went to a branch of the Gaelic League in the area to learn to read and write Irish at a time when there was no profit nor very much respect to be gained from such work or from such  knowledge. I propose him with confidence as a person who has the knowledge and who has shown the qualities of mind, and that balance, calmness and civility which we need in a Chairman and which, I think, we will find in Senator O'Donovan.
Mr. Baxter: In seconding the proposition put before the House by Senator Hayes—that Senator O'Donovan be elected Leas-Chathaoirleach—I feel the House will be very wise in electing him to the position. He has got that amiability and levelheadedness which will contribute to the good humour, the good sense, the wisdom and sound judgment which we hope this House, during its period of office, will impart to all its legislative acts. I am sure the House will be unanimous in accepting this proposition.
Tadhg O Donnabháin: Ba mhaith liom mo bhuíochas do ghabháil leis an Seanad as ucht mé thoghadh mar Leas-Chathaoirleach. Is mór an onóir dom é agus geallaimse go ndéanfaidh mé mo dhícheall chun an obair do stiúradh mar is cóir.
I am deeply grateful to the Seanad for electing me to the position of Leas-Chathaoirleach. I deem it a very great honour, and I promise I shall, to the best of my ability, carry out the work of the office. I shall endeavour to keep up the traditions of the past.
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