No. 8  NAI DFA 205/4

Personal code telegram from William Warnock to Joseph P. Walshe (Dublin)
(No. 17)

BERLIN, 12 February 1941

Your telegram 21.1 I have always discouraged marked references to Ireland, and continue to do so. I feel that our view is appreciated. Please see my telegram 85, Part II2 In view of geographical position, it is natural that a certain amount of attention should be given to us. In my opinion, German Press has been more correct in its attitude towards us than British and American.

In report from Dublin published in 'New York Post' quoted here, it is stated that bad treatment of Ireland by England in the past main reason for Irish neutrality, and majority of people regard neutrality only possible policy. Some doubt whether it can be maintained, but all hope that it will be possible to do so. While anxious to preserve democratic freedom, Irishmen are convinced that England is not fighting for democracy. This is not Ireland's war. As long as British troops are in Northern Ireland, Ireland is convinced Great Britain is carrying on Imperialist war.

1 Not printed.

2 Not printed.

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