No. 91 NAI DT S5685
GENEVA, 22 June 1923
Dear President Cosgrave,
During the conversation with Sir Eric Drummond the question of the method of communication between the Irish Free State and the League was touched on. I told Sir Eric that I had suggested that the best course would be for you to communicate with the League through your representative in Geneva and that the League should send its communications to you in the same way. Sir Eric saw no objection to this course being followed. As a matter of fact, the League communicates directly with Canada and Australia. So far as the International Labour Office is concerned which, as you know, is autonomous, communications pass directly from the Office to all of the British Dominions at the request of the Dominions themselves. I think it might be useful if a letter were addressed to the League indicating that the method of communication through your representative in Geneva is the one which you would prefer to be followed.
I have already sent to Mr. Kennedy a certain amount of information regarding the detailed organisation of the work of the Assembly and I am preparing certain further information for him on points of procedure which he raised during my conversations with him. Needless to say I shall be glad to afford him or any of the members of the Irish administration any information or assistance in my power which may be of use in connection with the preparations for the arrival of the Irish Delegation in Geneva.
Yours very sincerely,
[signed] E.J. PHELAN
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