GOOD SENSE, GOOD HUMOUR, PATRIOTISM
From Our Own Correspondent
DUBLIN People who do not know e land, and especially the new Ireland, might be puzzled by the aftermath of a toughly-contested general election, at which there was an unusually high poll. For hardly had the tulmult and the shouting died, and the alien cities begun to prophesy disaster from the seeming deadlock produced by P.R., than the nation demonasti patriotism.
its good sense, good humour, n The first test was at the election of a new Lord Mayor for Dublin. One of the few Labour victors in the General Election, Deputy Martin O'Sullivan, was proposed—and he was elected unanimously. This first Labour Lewd Mayor of the Irish capital made a modest, dignified speech, promising with God's blessing to fulfil his duties faithfully, and some of us could not but recall that just a hundred years have passed since Daniel O'Connell's election as Lord Mayor broke open the Corporation to our Catholic people whom this upstanding Clareman well represents to-day.
The next incident to test the postelection temper came when Cosgrave party members of the Corporation said that they had failed, by an accident. to lodge their nominations for the Senate panel—the Dail election entails a later Senate election.
De Valera party and Labour corporators both asked the Law Agent to accept the belated papers,: but this was ruled to be inadmissible. Very well, said these parties to the Cosgrave party. as you can't nominate for the panel we will undertake in the voting to cast two preferences for your men, so that the effect in the Senate returns will he the same as if you had your two nominees duly in the panel!
That was the spirit of good fellowship in which -we came to the day of the new Dail's meeting. Votive Mass was celebrated at the Pro Cathedral, the Archbishop presiding, and there were services at the churches of the three Protestant denominations and at the chief synagogue: thus did all our citizens, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish. invoke God's blessing on the vital decisions to he taken.
The Dail 'met, with regrets customary geniality. though there were es
absent faces in all parties—men of outstanding records had been lost to Fianna Fail, Fine Gail and Labour, through the harsh incidence of P.R.'s preferences. This was the first Dell in which General Mulcahy has not sat.
Mr. de Valera was proposed as Taoiseach again General MacEoin (who seconded Mr. de Valera's election away back in 1921) proposed Mr. Cosgrave.
The Labour and new Farmers' party did not vote. reserving their independence, thoueh their spokesmen expressed acouiescence. Mr. Dillon. for the Independents. paid high comnliments to Mr. de Valera. while declining to yore for him unless he would form Coaliiirm.
Mr. de Valera : I don't believe Coalition would work, After other speeches. all on the same Mane of dignity, Mr. de Valera was elected by 67 votes—his own party minus the cneaker and plus the Tilderiendent F.F member. Mr. Maguire— to 37. comnosed of Mr. Cosgraves party and five Independents who usually vote with it.
In many ways the uprise of the Farmers' Party remains the most interesting feature of the new situation. A Fianna Fail deputy welcomed the appearance of this group. The maiden speech of the leader, Mr. Donnellan, was heard with keen interest.
Mr. Donnellan began by repudiating the suggestion of a certain newspaper, that the Farmers and Fianna Fill had made a deal for mutual support. His courtesy visit to the Taoiscach had committed his group to nothing. 'they were independent and would remain so, but they put their main hope in the development of Vocationalism, as advocated by the loved and honoured Bishop of Galway.
With this, few could quarrel. Both the. organised Farmers and organised Labour, many of us believe. ought to have a vocational forum in which to promote their aims, while national politics should not be cut across by class or vocational interests. if Mr. DonnelIan's men pursue this line energetically, their sudden entry into public affairs may hasten an important development. Certainly, no man could find fault with the tone and spirit of these newcomers.
Pope Pius XII has granted to the Bishops of Canada during the war period the faculty of dispensing men and women engaged in war industries from the Eucharistic fast, subject to certain conditions, it has been announced by Cardinal Villeneuve, Archbishop of Quebec.
Cardinal Villeneuve explained that the conditions are: the workers shall he engaged in night work ; that the communicant shall have abstained from all solid food for a period of four hours and from all liquids for a period of one hour before receiving Communion ; and that the communicant shall have abstained from all alcoholic drinks since midnight.