SECTION 11 (6).

This section shall not apply to a member of the Gárda Síochána in uniform, and any such member who, while wearing his uniform as such member, purports to act as an officer of statistics shall, until the contrary is proved, be deemed to be duly authorised to act as such officer.

The question is: In Section 11 (6), line 60, to delete the words " purport to act " and substitute the words " produces a certificate in writing signed by a superintendent of the Gárda Síochána that he is acting."

Before you put that, Senator Brown, I think, raised the question either on a declaration or an oath the last day.

I am prepared to modify what I said. I think it ought only to apply to casual employees. It ought not to apply to what I call the permanent Civil Service.

I was going to suggest to add a new Sub-section 7 as follows:

" Every appointment and every certificate signed by a superintendent of the Gárda Síochána under this section shall contain a reference to the prohibition of the disclosure of information imposed by Section 14 of this Act."

Thus is brought before the person's mind what his duty is with regard to that, and while it might be held not to be as binding as an oath it probably arrests the person's attention.

I think drawing attention to everyone would be better.

Will there be no one employed outside the Civil Service except the Guards?

There will be in the Census.

This would mean that every new appointment in connection with this Act and in the case of certificates signed by the superintendent would have to include special reference to the proceedings of this Act with regard to secrecy.

It is worded rather curiously: " Every appointment and every certificate signed."


It is an appointment within the meaning of sub-section (2). Everybody has a written appointment except the Civic Guard, and he has a written certificate.

I move to add the new Sub-section 7 as suggested by the President.

Amendment put and agreed to.
Question—" That Section 11, as amended, and Section 12 stand part of the Bill "—put and agreed to.