FOR the first time in 103 years, this week's St. Patrick's Day Banquet in Liverpool was addressed by the Prime Minister.
Ho described Mr. Powell's Enniskillen speech on Irish expatriates in Britain as "Enoch's claptrap" and called him the "wandering minstrel from Wolverhampton.
"Should there be any here who art hurriedly packing their bags under the threat of repatriation, 1 must put beyond all doubt the clear determination of the Government to reject this and all other manifestations proceeding from the same quarter.
"I am sure this decision of the Government is right. It is simply that we cannot afford to do without you; Liverpool— and London—would come to a full stop."
Mr. D. F. McCormack, treasurer of the banquet committee, said: "There was no specific reason for inviting him. We thought we should like to have him with us on St, Patrick's Night.
"Although we are Irish we live and work in Britain, and it seemed courteous to invite Britain's leading politician."
IRISH CONSTITUENTS Mr. Wilson represents the Merseyside constituency of Huron with a large population of Irish stock.
Among the other guests were Bishop Gray, Auxiliary of Liverpool; Mr. Erskine Childers, Deputy Prime Minister of the Irish Republic, Ald. and Mrs. Stephen Minion, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Liverpool, and Mr. Joseph MeGough, managing director of the Irish Milk Marketing Board,