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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Thursday, 11 May 1950

Vol. 120 No. 15

Business of Dáil.

Respecting the notice given by Deputy McQuillan of his intention to raise on the Adjournment the subject matter of Question No. 1, I want to say that it raises an important matter and the Chair is of opinion that, as the individual concerned is a quasi-judge, he should not be arraigned on the Adjournment. If Deputy McQuillan wishes to discuss the matter, it should be raised by way of specific motion, not on the Adjournment.

Am I to take it that I am not to be allowed to raise this matter on the Adjournment?

I have said that I consider it too important a matter that the decisions or statements of the individual, who is a quasi-judge, should be the subject matter of a question on the Adjournment. If the Deputy wishes to pursue the matter, he can raise it by way of specific motion, which can be brought before the House in a definite way.

May I ask when that motion would come before the House?

If the Deputy will consult with the Clerk's office he will be accommodated as far as possible.

Yesterday, I gave notice to raise the subject matter of Question No. 37 on yesterday's Order Paper. Notice was given by Deputy Corry also, and his motion got precedence. With your permission, I would like to raise that matter to night.

That matter has been considered. The Deputy could not discuss that matter without advocating legislation, and questions on the Adjournment do not allow of that. Therefore, I decided that the Deputy may not raise that matter on the Adjournment.

I have no intention of advocating legislation. What I intended to raise was the solemn promises that were made to this House——

The Deputy may not discuss the decision of the Chair in that fashion.

I want to disabuse the Chair's mind of the idea that I wanted to raise the matter of legislation.

The Chair has reached the decision that that matter could not be discussed without advocating legislation and that is the decision.