Advice to Ireland
From ‘Bernard Shaw’s Advice to Ireland’, Forward, 30 November 1940. At the outbreak of the war the Irish President Eamon de Valera (1882–1975) immediately declared the neutrality of Ireland and refused Great Britain permission to use Irish ports. In an interview with W. R. Titterton in the Sunday Graphic, 17 November 1940, Shaw had criticised de Valera’s position on the matter of the ports, repeating what he had said before that ‘the British Isles are one military unit, and that it was out of the question for one fraction of the unit to maintain effective neutrality when the other fractions are at war’. Shaw’s Forward interview drew an angry response from de Valera in the Irish News of 12 December 1940.
KeywordsBritish Isle Irish Variety Military Unit Effective Neutrality German Side
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