No. 215 NAI DT S10823

Extract from the minutes of a meeting of the Cabinet
(G.C. 2/11) (Item 5)

Dublin, 7 September 1938

Committee of Heads of Departments.

It was decided that a Committee of Heads of Departments responsible to the Government, under the Chairmanship of the Taoiseach, should be established to act as a general planning, co-ordinating and supervising body, and to consider the measures which it is necessary to take in preparation for the eventuality of a European war; the Committee to consist of the Secretaries of the following Departments:

  • Agriculture;1
  • Defence;2
  • External Affairs;3
  • Finance;4
  • Industry & Commerce;5
  • Justice;6
  • Taoiseach.7

It was also decided that a legislation Committee should be set up to consider and draft, subject to the approval of the Government, whatever legislative measures may be necessary to deal with a war situation; this Committee to consist of representatives of the Attorney General's Department, the Department of External Affairs and the Department of Justice.

1 Daniel Twomey.

2 Peadar MacMahon.

3 Joseph P. Walshe.

4 James J. McElligott.

5 John Leydon.

6 Stephen A. Roche.

7 Maurice Moynihan.

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