I beg to move the following resolution:—
"That it is hereby declared that the Bill entitled The Defence Forces (Temporary Provisions) Bill, 1923, which has been passed by this House, is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace and safety, and that, accordingly, the provisions of Article 47 of the Constitution of Saorstát Eíreann shall not apply to that Bill."
This resolution, which the Dáil is asked to pass, is rendered necessary by the decision given in the Courts, which mean that the Defence Forces Bill passed by the Dáil, and which was yesterday passed in the Seanad without amendment, could not come into force for seven days. That would mean that legally I would have no power in the meantime to have or control an army or to discipline them, and that I would have no power to detain in custody military prisoners convicted of offences punishable under the military law. For that reason, and in order that the Defence Forces Bill may have legal effect as from the time of its passing, it is necessary to have this resolution passed by the Dáil. A similar resolution was yesterday passed by the Seanad.