No. 80 NAI DFA LN 30(b)
Dublin, 23 April 1927
The Minister has suggested that I should approach you personally about the Economic Conference.
Here are the facts:- We are the only organised State in the entire world which is not sending experts or competent state officials to the most important International Economic Conference ever held. There never has been such an opportunity for establishing useful contacts and obtaining valuable information on every aspect of the problems with which we as a State are confronted.
If we don't go we shall simply broadcast to the world the entirely false impression that we neither are nor wish to be a separate economic unit with distinct needs and interests. Could you not let Ferguson1 go? Brennan2 or McElligott should attend from Finance. One outsider should be appointed as the experts may not speak or vote. Busteed3 or George O'Brien4 would surely be glad to go. We shall make all the arrangements that can be made from this end.
[copy letter unsigned]
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