Location: Mansion House Oak Room. Private meeting.
GABHAN O DUBHTHAIGH (South Co. Dublin) moved, and CATHAL BRUGHA (Waterford Co.) seconded: that Article 2 of the Constitution be amended by the addition of the following Clause, viz.:—"2 (g) The President may himself in writing nominate from among the Members of the Ministry a President-Substitute who shall act in his place and exercise all his powers (including the power to nominate a President-Substitute with Presidential Status, and the power to nominate Substitute Ministers) in the event of the President becoming unable by reason of enemy action, or absence abroad, or illness, or other emergency, to perform the functions of his office; if occasion arises for the President Substitute to assume office he shall act as President of the Ministry until the President resumes his functions or resigns, or until he himself becomes unable by reason of enemy action, absence abroad, illness, or other emergency, to perform the functions of the office; if at any time there is no President or President-Substitute, or if there is no President or President-Substitute able to perform the functions of the Presidential Office, a meeting of Dail shall be convened to elect a President."
Question put and carried after discussion.
[The Deputy for East Clare— Eamonn de Valera—after his election as President—undertook that a President-Substitute should submit his nomination for approval by Dáil after assuming office.]