IMEACHTA AN CHO-CHOISTE.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE.
Dé Céadaoin, 26adh Meitheamh, 1929.
Wednesday, 26th June, 1929.
1. The Joint Committee met at 11 a.m.
2. Present: Senator Hooper (in the Chair); Deputies T. Hennessy, Lemass, O’Mahony, Smith and Thrift; Senators Mrs. Costello, Johnson, Milroy and O’Hanlon.
3. Allowances to Members of the Dail and of the Seanad.
Consideration of the following motion made by Deputy Thrift on the 20th June was resumed:—
“That the Committee is not satisfied as to the feasibility of any scheme involving diminution of allowances on account of the non-attendance of Members, but thinks that the question of each House establishing a procedure for dealing with special cases of protracted absence should be considered; that the Committee recommend that such procedure should involve the summoning to attend of the Member, failure to comply with this, without adequate explanation, being followed by withdrawal of allowance, either in whole or in part.”
Motion, by leave, withdrawn.
Motion made (Deputy Lemass):
“That the Joint Committee is not satisfied as to the feasibility of any general scheme involving automatic diminution of allowances on account of non-attendance of Members of the Oireachtas, but thinks that the law should be amended to permit of each House establishing a procedure for dealing with special cases of protracted absence or irregular attendance of its Members which may occur; that the Committee recommends that such procedure should make provision for the summoning by the House of the Member to attend, failure to comply with this summons without adequate explanation being followed by withdrawal of allowance, either wholly or in part for a specified period.”
Question put and agreed to.
Motion made (Senator Johnson):
“That the present scale of allowance for members of the Oireachtas does not admit of reduction.”
Consideration of the motion post poned.
4. The Committee adjourned at 1 p.m. until Wednesday next, at 11 a.m.