I move amendment I:—
In page 9, before Section 18, to insert a new section as follows:—
"The Commissioners or a local authority may, with the consent of the owner of a national monument which is of historical interest and, in the case of a local authority, is situate within their functional area, place or cause to be placed on such national monument a tablet, plate, inscription, or other notice stating the facts in relation to such national monument which give rise to the historical interest thereof."
This amendment is being inserted as a result of representations made on the Second Reading and Committee Stage that throughout the country there are several monuments of historical interest which are in tablet, and it would not be very easy for the Commissioners or local authorities to acquire ownership. At the same time it is only right that we should do what we can to preserve houses in which eminent men like Grattan, Swift and such people were born. This is our method of meeting that request.