By John Horgan
-11RISIl INDUSTRIALISTS this week faced up to their seven lean years, in the shape of the British trade levy. You can practically hear the scrape of buckle on leather as belts are tightened all over the 'country and a "Buy Irish" campaign reverberates through the supermarkets.
Mr. Wilson, it is now generally realised, has done the Irish Government a service, backhanded though it may be. He has put it in a position of uncommon strength from which it can appeal to the people for almost anything, sure in the knowledge that any attempts by other parties to rock the boat will put them in the political dog-house.
To his credit, he has not attempted to fan the potential spark of anti-British sentiment into a flame. but has preferred to stress that self-help is the best help. Even .50. it is undeniable that this is seen by many Irish people as a totally unexpected and at the same time totally respectable way of getting rid of some of their unconscious antipathy. it will be a while yet before people realise that it is possible to he wholly Irish without being a doctrinaire anti-Briton: and here trade is probably the best healer.
MR. LEMASS MAY have returned almost empty-handed from his Downing Street talks, but he did bring back the promise of talks on a new trade agreement. This, it is understood, is far from being an empty formula and there is evidence to suggest that the talks
ranged far more widely than the official communique would have us believe.
The personal element in the talks, too, makes for an interesting comparison. Both Mr. Wilson and Mr. Lemass are hard-headed poll ticians, and arc known to respect each other's pragmatic approach.
There the resemblances end. Mr. Wilson learned his economics at Oxford: Mr. Lemass learned his in Mountjoy Gaol. where he spent some time in enforced inactix ity during the Civil War for his actions in supporting Mr. de Valera.
While he was there he embarked on an unorthodox hut highly successful course in do-it-yourself economics, starting with luminaries like Marx and Adam Smith. and leading eventually to writers like Keynes and Galbraith.
He does not share with Mr. de Valera. however. the distinction of being one of the notable group of Prime Ministers who have been locked up by the British. When the Rising broke out in 1916 he was only a youngster of 16 himself, and
too young to be taken seriously as a politician.
Hogg's pedigree MR. QUINI1N HOGG, M.P., on a mid-week trip to address Dublin University undergraduates and oppose the motion "That this House prefers mad dogs to Englishmen". described himself firmly as "a typical Englishman".
"My mother was American". he said cheerfully, "my grandmother Glasgow-Scots and my father's family 100 per cent Irish."
Another Cheshire home GROUP CAPT. LEONARD CHESHIRE has now seen his second iris's Cheshire home open its doors. It is situated at Lota, just outside the city of Cork, in a magnificent position overlooking the broad sweep of the Lee estuary.
The main building is an old mansion which was acquired for a nominal price, thanks to the efforts of the Cork Health Authority. and already 14 patients are installed. The number will have grown to 20 by Christmas.
Thc Chairman of the Cork Harbour Commissioners, Mr. P. J. O'Brien, welcomed Cheshire as "one who has initiated a noble and Christian plan of voluntary service in many lands by his splendid leadership. for the relief and ease of many who are adversely affected in life",
Group Captain Cheshire himself revealed that his plans for Ireland did not stop short at Cork: he also hopes to open centres in Dublin and Galway. Both these projects. I understand, are already at an advanced stage of development.
In Kennedy's memory THE KENNEDY MYSTIQUE still affects Ireland as powerfully as ever. At a special exhibition of books, documents and mementoes connected with the President and opened to the public for three brief days last week, the queues stretched for several hundred yards throughout the time that the doors were open.
The exhibition. which was specially flown in from America and kept in a secret storage depot before it was put on display, is now on a tour of other European capitals including Frankfurt, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen and London.
Dublin was the first city in the Old World to be given the exhibition a step, it is thought, which was largely due to thc influence of Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy.
Mrs. Edward Kennedy, together with her sister, was in Dublin for the opening of the exhibition and, in spite of a slight misunderstanding at the airport when reporters were rather abruptly shooed away. their visit has been an unqualified success.
Admission to the exhibition was free, but it will undoubtedly add a valuable stimulus to the nationwide collection being made to finance Irish scholarships to the projected Kennedy Institute in Harvard.
TRAFFIC PLANNERS seem to have given up any idea they ever had of finding a radical solution to Dublin's battle with the motor car. And it's probably just as well: so many beautiful buildings would have to conic down in the process that the net loss to civilisation would be enormous.
Since Wednesday. however. there has been a further outbreak of the One-Way Street signs that have been springing up all over the city like devil-grass during the past few months. The number of streets in the city centre where you can actually proceed in both directions is now infinitesimal. We may yet see the entire population taking to bicycles like the Danes.
The rash of one-way streets has. of course, its own complications. One can still see the occasional car usually with an out-of-town registration plate proceeding unsteadily the wrong way up a oneway thoroughfare. for all the world like a lost sheep. while the '99 sheep that are already in the fold hurtle past in the opposite direction, their drivers uttering most un-sheeplike imprecations.
Last time, too, the police put up the signs a day or two in advance and covered them with adhesive material to await their unveiling. Some undergraduates unveiled the signs 24 hours loo early, just to give everyone a sporting chance. The result, predictably, was chaos.
Pope of Avon POPE PAUL'S RECENT welcome to the group of English actors who gave a performance of works by the Bard of Avon in the Vatican prompted editor on one Dublin evening paper to write the enthusiastic headline: SHAKESPEARE FOR POPE BY SPECIAL REQUEST.