Following on a dispute between two sections of the Labour Party, in which certain personal charges had been made, Dáil Eireann was invited to set up a Court to investigate the matter. The Executive appointed Messrs. P.J. Ward, Liam de Roiste, and Dr. Cusack to constitute a Court for the trial of the charges.
At the first meeting of the Court the parties failed to agree as to the specific charges to be tried. A week later formal charges agreed on by the parties as being the issues to be tried were submitted, and the Court after hearing evidence, delivered judgment by which the parties had previously pledged themselves to abide.
Dispute was between labour movement leaders, William X. O’Brien, P. T. Daly and Seamus Hughes over allegations made against Daly. It had been claimed Daly had misappropriated IRB funds between 1908 and 1911 and had acted as a British agent. On 31 July 1919, the Dáil Éireann National Arbitration Court found Daly guilty on the first charge, but with extenuating circumstances, and not guilty on the second charge. Dispute largely originated over control of ITGWU.