ADDRESS BY ACTING-PRESIDENT.
The ACTING-PRESIDENT, addressing the Dáil, said that he would be very glad if it were possible for the Dáil to meet in continuous Session so that all Members would bear their share of the responsibility for what is being done. The Ministry were working in perfect harmony; their decisions were always unanimous; the members were working honestly and openly with each other. They were all united on this one point, that they each and all sought to attain the establishment of a Sovereign Independent Republic in Ireland.
With regard to the visit of the American Delegation, the notice which the Ministry received of the arrival of the three Commissioners was too short to enable them to notify Members of the Dáil. The English Government held up telegrams announcing the time of their arrival. When they actually did come everything else had to be laid aside in order to arrange for their visits through the country.
No money had been received from America. It was understood, however, that America had undertaken to defray the expenses of the Irish Representatives in Paris. They were fighting the biggest Power in the world, and fighting her more successfully than be had ever hoped. England had spent millions of money in a campaign of slander against Ireland. Their efforts had caused that campaign to fail. England is now in the Dock before the world and they have the power to keep her there.