I am amazed at the attitude which Deputy MacEoin has taken up here to-day, and I am not surprised, without wishing to be personal, that during his term of office we did not have a Legal Adoption Bill brought into this Dáil. I cannot understand how anybody would oppose a section in a Bill which would seek to try to release the illegitimate people in this country who are being ground under the present law as virtual lepers in society. They are people who are admitted into the world but not into the Christian society in which we live. It is no fault of theirs. I simply cannot understand how anyone would oppose a section in this Bill which would propose to bring forward the short certificate.
I had intended to go further—I sup-hap pose I am one of the cranks the Deputy has referred to—but I had intended to ask the Minister what steps were going to be taken, when the short and long certificates were introduced, to see that the short certificate in regard to births was accepted and used generally, and that the long certificate would be only available, or made available, in special cases——