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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 10 Dec 1947

Vol. 109 No. 5

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dáil Dissolution—Suggested Postponement.

asked the Taoiseach if, having regard to the bad weather at present prevailing, and the unsettled outlook for the next few months, he will postpone the dissolution of the Dáil until the latter half of March, 1948, or even later, when more favourable conditions may be expected, with greater likelihood of a heavy poll.

In my opinion, it is in the national interest that a general election should take place as early as practicable in the new year, and it is my intention to advise the President in accordance with that view.

Mr. Corish

In view of the fact that the weather may prevent a large number of our people from voting if the election is held early in the year, in view of the fact that in other elections certain numbers of our people did not have an opportunity to record their vote because of lack of travelling facilities and through working away from their home towns, and in view of the fact that next year will be a leap year and we will have an extra day, will the Taoiseach consider declaring the polling day a public holiday?

I do not think so. I think we considered that on a previous occasion. Anyhow, it would require further consideration.

Tell us the day honestly.