FISHERIES BILL, 1923—(FIRST STAGE).

Iarraim-se cead ón Dáil an Bhille Iasgaigh seo do thabhairt isteach.

Sé mo thuairim ná beidh aon dul i gcoinnibh na Bhille seo, mar sé an fáth gur thugas isteach é ná gur iarradh orm ó gach aírd sa tír é do dheunamh.

I beg to move for leave to introduce "A Bill to amend the law relating to fisheries by prescribing new penalties for certain offences in relation to salmon, trout and other fisheries and for other purposes relating to the preservation of fisheries of Saorstát Eireann."

The purpose of the Bill is to increase the penalty imposed by the existing Fishery Acts for offences committed during the annual close season for salmon, trout and fresh water fish, and also for certain fishery offences, notably the use of explosives, committed at any period during the year. I feel that this will be more or less non-contentious, because I have brought it in at the request of many Deputies from among the different parties in the Dáil. The Bill is urgent in the sense that the close season is now in, and I am anxious that its provisions should become effective as soon as possible.

Question: "That leave be granted for the introduction of the Fisheries Bill, 1923," put and agreed to.
Second Stage: Ordered for Wednesday, 21st November, 1923.