Page 11, 28th October 1938

28th October 1938
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Page 11, 28th October 1938 — DE VALERA'S OFFER TO SIX COUNTIES Local Autonomy in United Ireland

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DE VALERA'S OFFER TO SIX COUNTIES Local Autonomy in United Ireland

Meanwhile, the Partition question has been brought into the very forefron. of attention, as I predicted in my last message. Mr. de Valera has given an interview to the Evening Standard in which, speaking with greater frankness than ever before on this subject, he pleaded for a settlement, and proposed these terms:

(i) That 11.2 Six County Government retain its present powers in its present area of jurisdiction, only granting safeguards to the minority there.

(ii) That Britain transfer to the Government of Ireland the "reserved powers" which she exercises in part of Ireland at present.

(iii) That the " reserved powers" be wielded by a supreme Parliament of all Ireland, in which the Six Counties will he represented as they are represented now at Westminster, but on a basis of proportional representation.

Speaking with the utmost solemnity, Mr. de Valera pointed out that the continuance of partition is a danger to all parties. If war should come he would not, because he could not, offer Ireland's help to Britain. Any Irish leader would be repudiated who should do that while Britain maintains the division of our country and people with arms and annual subsidies.

On the other hand, a united Ireland, being in full possession of its national heritage, would have something to defend; it would have something to lose. A united Ireland would wish for a strong England. Without going beyond what national opinion authorises, Mr. de Valera indicated that a free united Ireland would co-operate with Britain in securing the inviolability of these islands,

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