The Clerk has handed me a telegram from Mr. Mansfield, Cullin, Co. Tipperary, in which he says that he desires to resign his seat as a member of this Seanad on account of Friday's reprisal; and he winds up by saying that peace is Ireland's only hope. I am sorry that he was not here to hear the discussion we just have had on that very subject.
RESIGNATION OF SENATOR.
Would it be in order to move that the document be returned to Mr. Mansfield and to ask him to re-consider his decision before any resignation is put in?
You would be quite in order in moving that the consideration of this message be adjourned. In the meantime, if you wish it, the Clerk could be instructed to write and ask him to re-consider it or some Senator might take that upon himself. I have simply read the telegram which he sent. That has to be recorded, but if necessary we can suspend action upon it with a view to what you would suggest.
I propose that we accept his resignation.
I second that.