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Dáil Éireann debate -
Friday, 6 Aug 1920

Vol. F No. 16


THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS moved and E.J. DUGGAN (Meath S.) seconded:
"That the Ministry Proclamation of the 24th July, 1920, prohibiting Emigration from Ireland be confirmed as a Decree of the Dail."
The terms of the Decree are:
"WHEREAS it has come to our knowledge that a number of men of Military age and other Citizens of the Republic are leaving Ireland.
"AND WHEREAS Ireland cannot spare any of her children at the present juncture.
"NOW IT IS HEREBY DECREED THAT after the date of this Proclamation no Citizens of the Irish Republic shall be permitted to leave Ireland for the purpose of settling abroad unless with the written sanction of the Government of the Republic.
"Applications for Permits must be made to the Secretary of State for Home Affairs. Each application must set out:—
(1) Name of Applicant.
(2) His or her address.
(3) Place of birth.
(4) Date of birth.
(5) Date of proposed departure.
(6) Country of destination.
(7) Proposed period of absence.
(8) Reasons for emigrating.
"Every application must be authenticated by a Justice and the Registrar of the District Court for the District in which the applicant resides.
"Applications by soldiers of the I.R.A. should set out particulars of their companies, battalions, and brigades, and should be authenticated and recommended by the Brigade Commandant in each case.
"All applications must be accompanied by a certificate of the birth or baptism of the applicant."
A. MACCABE (Sligo South) moved, and P. O MAILLE (Connemara) seconded, as an amendment:—
"That the matter be adjourned to the next meeting."
The House divided on the amendment and it was declared lost.
LIAM DE ROISTE (Cork City) moved as a further amendment:—
"That the Decree be not enforced pending the formulation of a scheme for providing employment in Ireland for intending emigrants."
A. MACCABE (Sligo South) seconded this amendment, which was put and lost by 23 votes to 16.
The original motion was then put and carried.