Page 2, 16th April 1948

16th April 1948
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Page 2, 16th April 1948 — IRELAND AND RELIEF

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Organisations: Department of Agriculture
People: Marshall Aid
Locations: London


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Sue-Britain, alas, is weakened by war, and yet, some months ago, her Press had this plea 'from Sir Fredk. Wells, Lord Mayor of London: " More than 5.000,000 of Europe's children will die within 12 months unless they get more food, clothes, and medical treatment. Another 35,000,000 will be stricken with disease."

Contrast this with Eire, neutrally near, unscathed. The docks are busy as at the best of times unloading thousands of tons of tools and timber, cereals and flour. Imported coal, in many parts has ousted turf. Garbage, in Cork at least, shows fine potatoes, pseudo-rationed bread. Of food, gifts, worth at least £2 10s., the States have tat, sent us 1,600. Further, we look or Marshall Aid to near £40,000,000.

Yet those of us that would help starving lands are cooped officially. Naming, with full address, one of the myriads in misery, the would-be helper must beg leave of our Department of Agriculture; which may allow (how tardily at best!) 11 lb. of foods, judged extra here. Most of these foods look hardly suitablecornflour and semolina, tinned vegetables, and macaroni. Leave must be sought anew for every parcel pronosed. Cash or old clothes for Europe's need may not be asked by advertisement here.

Shame on our smug attitude to hapless and near hopeless folk! Let goods he Sent in bulk, and askel for boldly. Famine stalked here 100 years ago. We should commemorate our dead by deeds.


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