Defence Forces (Temporary Provisions) (No. 2) Act, 1940

Period of emergency.

4.—(1) The Government may, whenever they consider the circumstances are of such a nature as to warrant their so doing, by order under this sub-section declare that a state of emergency exists.

(2) The Government may by order under this sub-section revoke any order made under the immediately preceding sub-section; and thereupon such last-mentioned order shall cease to be in force.

(3) Whenever an order is made by the Government under sub-section (1) of this section declaring that a state of emergency exists, then, so long as such order remains in force, a period of emergency shall be deemed for the purpose of this Act to exist, and the expression “period of emergency” shall in this Act be construed accordingly.

(4) Every order made under this section shall, as soon as may be after it is made, be laid before each House of the Oireachtas and be published in the Iris Oifigiúil.