Dáil Éireann - Volume 2 - 06 December, 1922
ELECTION OF PRESIDENT.
Mr. HUGHES Mr. HUGHES
Mr. HUGHES: I rise to nominate one who I believe will do this Dáil and this country infinite credit in the position of President. He has been before the Dáil and before the country for a considerable time, and the person I am going to nominate  for your acceptance is the man who has been in charge for the last few months of the destinies of this country, and he has justified himself. That man is Deputy Liam T. MacCosgair. I do not believe that it wants any words from me to recommend Deputy MacCosgair to this Dáil, or this Nation. He is going to have during his term of office, perhaps, a troublesome, and perhaps a stormy time, but I am sure, with the Deputies here from all over the country at his back, that, from what we know of him, he will carry that office through, and carry it successfully. There is no use “painting the lily” as we all know the abilities of Deputy MacCosgair. We in the Dáil know him, and the people in the country know him, and without saying any more I propose Deputy Liam T. MacCosgair for the Presidency.
Mr. FRANK McGUINNESS Mr. FRANK McGUINNESS
Mr. FRANK McGUINNESS: I beg to second the proposition of Deputy Hughes. When the Provisional Government came into office we looked around for our strongest man, and we found him. We are satisfied that he has done his duty faithfully and well, and I have the greatest possible confidence in his future Presidency of the Free State.
Motion made and question put: “That Deputy Liam T. MacCosgair be elected President of Dáil Eireann.”
Dáil Éireann 2 ELECTION OF PRESIDENT.