Seanad Éireann - Volume 26 - 09 October, 1942
Personal Explanation by a Senator.
Mr. Counihan Mr. Counihan
Mr. Counihan: Now that the Committee Stage of the Bill has concluded, perhaps, a Leas-Chathaoirligh, you would allow me to intervene on a point of personal explanation, in reference to certain statements which were made both by myself and the Minister yesterday evening, in regard to the proceedings of the Conference on Agricultural Credit. I felt and do feel very much any animadversions on my conduct which were made quite fairly by the Minister from the point of view which he held. It was never my intention to disclose the proceedings of the conference which were regarded as confidential, and if I did so unwittingly I offer my full apology to the House, to the Minister and to my colleagues on that conference.
I may, however, be permitted to add that, from a certain communication which I received and which I will not specify, I derived the impression that I had permission to make a reference in general terms to the proceedings; and that was all I thought I was doing yesterday evening. I would be the last  person in the House to break confidence with either the Minister or my colleagues on the conference, and in view of the proceedings here yesterday evening I feel I should make this statement.
Mr. Douglas Mr. Douglas
Mr. Douglas: I feel certain the House will accept that statement both in the letter and in the spirit in which it was made. From what we know of Senator Counihan, we know that he has always been honourable and that the last thing he would do would be to break faith.
Mr. O Ceallaigh Mr. O Ceallaigh
Mr. O Ceallaigh: I am quite certain the Senator did not wittingly do anything that was not fully consonant with honourable conduct. I am quite satisfied that whatever he did, he did in the full belief that he was keeping faith with the undertaking in regard to the conference. If anything I have said hurt the Senator's feelings, I am sorry. I thought that the Senator had stepped over the line, but I am satisfied that he acted in the full belief that he was within his rights, and I hope that anything said last evening will be blotted out of his memory.
The Seanad adjourned at 1.5 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 14th October, 1942.
Seanad Éireann 26 Personal Explanation by a Senator.