Tairgim: "Go léifear an Bille don Tarna Uair anois."
Beartaítear leis an mBille éifeacht a thabhairt do na socraithe a deineadh le hIontaobhaithe Cholúin Nelson tar éis don leacht a shéideadh ar 8 Márta, 1966, agus iarsmaí an cholúin a thógaint as an áit ina dhiaidh sin. De thoradh comhráití idir Bainisteoir na Cathrach agus na hIontaobhaithe socraíodh go dtabharfadh na hIontaobhaithe suíomh an cholúin do Bhárdas Átha Cliath—bhfuil cead agam leanúint, a Cheann Comhairle? Tá cur isteach á dhéanamh orm ón dtaobh eile—ar choinníoll go níocfaí suim áirithe cúitimh agus go mbeadh slánaíocht reachtúil ag na hIontaobhaithe in aghaidh aon éileamh a b'fhéidir a ndéanfaí orthu de bhrí go bhfuil siad ag aontú sna socraithe seo.
The purpose of the Bill is to give effect to the arrangements made by Dublin Corporation with the trustees of the Nelson Pillar following the blowing up of the monument on the 8th March, 1966, and the subsequent removal of the remains of the pillar. Arising from negotiations between the Dublin City Manager and the trustees it was agreed that the trustees would hand over the site of the pillar to the Dublin Corporation in consideration of an agreed amount of compensation and a statutory indemnity against any possible claim arising out of their actions in accepting these arrangements.
Section 2 of the Bill provides for the payment by the Dublin Corporation of the agreed compensation to the trustees. Section 3 provides for the vesting of the site of the pillar in the Dublin Corporation and enables the corporation to appropriate it for any of their purposes. It also terminates the trusts of the trustees. Section 4 contains the indemnity for the trustees to which I have already referred and validates the actions of the trustees in accepting the compensation provided by the Bill and in not restoring the monument.
It is not intended that any part of the compensation to be paid to the trustees under section 2 of the Bill shall be borne by the Dublin City ratepayers. I have obtained the approval of the Government to the recoupment from the Exchequer of the total amount involved and provision will be made accordingly in my Department's vote for the present year.
I commend the Bill to the House.