ORDER OF BUSINESS.

I think it would be necessary to ask for the time of the Dáil to-day in so far as the two items on the Agenda are concerned,i.e., the motion by the Minister for Local Government and the motion by the Minister for Finance. They may occupy more than the time allotted, and I ask for the permission of the Dáil accordingly to take them—to allow them precedence.

AN CEANN COMHAIRLE

Is it suggested that we should take Deputy Thrift's motion after these questions have been disposed of?

Yes; I think so.

Mr. THOMAS JOHNSON

On a point of order would not Deputy Thrift's motion come on as the first business?

I am willing; I do not mind.

AN CEANN COMHAIRLE

The point is that we have to go into committee for Professor Thrift's motion, and go out of it again for motions 2 and 3 on the Agenda.

Mr. THOMAS JOHNSON

We are hardly likely to get through. I suggest that it would facilitate the latter discussion on the Constitution of Saorstát Eireann Bill if we could get through Deputy Thrift's motion. The other propositions may entail long discussions, and we may not get through them to-day. Whereas in the meantime if the Saorstát Eireann Bill were passed, the Committee, as suggested, may be at work before the meeting on Tuesday next.

AN CEANN COMHAIRLE

It is essential to dispose of Professor Thrift's motion to-day for the purpose of the Committee on the Constitution Bill.

Well, then we will go into Committee and deal with that first.