de Valera, Eamon

Tuesday, 20 December 1921

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. T Nbr. 7


DEBATE ON TREATY

Yes, I gave notice that when the vote for ratification—I hope that word will not be misunderstood. We have said from the start that there could be no question of ratification of this Treaty....More Button

Yes.More Button

She won't have that either.More Button

I would like to say this, that I think it is most unworthy of certain Members of the House who know so well the whole circumstances to suggest we want secrecy. I think something else besides the Tr...More Button

It means simply this: I think it most unworthy, considering all the circumstances, and the knowledge that the Minister for Foreign Affairs has of the matters that are under discussion, that a sugge...More Button

A Chinn Chomhairle, before the regular work of the Session begins, I would like to withdraw a remark I made at the end of the last Session. As you all know, I have not a hot temper, that it does n...More Button

Yes, at this moment, but not after a campaign when it would be explained to them.More Button

Themselves.More Button

Would I be in order? I think——More Button

I think, at least, these statements should be substantiated. It is quite a wrong construction to put on this. Everybody in this House knows it is a wrong construction.More Button

It is.More Button

No! No.More Button

I will speak of that document when the time comes.More Button

Why would Britain go to war then?More Button

It is not for a shadow.More Button

I will. Go on.More Button

I think this is most prejudicial. I think it is a shame that in a case like this that a matter should be dragged in which is not relevant to this issue.More Button

I say it is most unfair treatment. It is not in the document—these secret documents which have been withheld from the public as a whole. If all the documents are published, I am quite ready...More Button

So have we all.More Button

That is not so.More Button

It is not suggested by anybody.More Button

Oh, no.More Button

I want to refer to a statement about manoeuvring. It certainly would be an infamous manoeuvre—no other epithet could be applied to it than infamous—if I tried to get anybody here to rej...More Button

We do not admit it.More Button

No such attempt is made.More Button

In order that the public might know, as the House perfectly well knows, the delegates went over to London for the purpose of trying to get reconciliation between Irish National aspirations and the ...More Button

I deny that.More Button

The whole documents, every particle of correspondence between the Cabinet and the Delegation, and every particle of correspondence in London and with the Delegation can be made public.More Button

I will produce it when this question, which is the only one before the House, the question of ratification or non-ratification, is finished.More Button

There is no Document No. 2 before the House.More Button

Those who wish to speak further should give in a list of their names.More Button

I think so. I think we should have it by all means on Thursday.More Button