No. 76 NAI DFA Secretary's Files A3
DUBLIN, 24 May 1941
[Handwritten notes by Walshe on the reverse of this document]
British will argue we should loosen censorship to convert those who are against war. (For them to be pro-Irish is to be pro-German).
Grays – McDermotts – Dillons.
Chaos – as the view most strongly pressed will be for ejection of British.
150,000 men to British forces about 60,000 workers (men) have collaborated.
We have 250,000 men in all our military forces i.e. 400,000 men in military defence of two Islands and we could not do more if we were in the war.
All our surplus production going to them.
All our savings going to them.
None in 1939.
1940: 23,330 tons cement. First 10 months this year January to October inclusive 60,406 tons.
We are getting nothing but £1 notes – which go directly or indirectly British War Loans.
In Great War British had 60,000 men keeping order here. Now they have feeling of security about Ireland which would be complete if they gave us arms.
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