Oral Answers to Questions — United States Troops, Northern Ireland (Eire Protest).

– in the House of Commons on 17th February 1942.

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Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has received either through the High Commissioner for Eire in London, or through the United Kingdom Representative to Eire in Dublin, a protest against the landing of American troops in Northern Ireland on the ground that Mr. de Valera was not consulted; and what reply he has made to this protest?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Shakespeare Mr Geoffrey Shakespeare , Norwich

The High Commissioner for Eire handed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs on 28th January a copy of a statement which Mr. de Valera had made to the Press on the previous day. The High Commissioner intimated that a copy of this statement was also being communicated to the United States Government. No reply was called for or given by my right hon. Friend.

Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast

Does the Minister not think that this serves as a very dangerous precedent? Does he realise that this is the second time within a year that this intervention has taken place without any juridical or even moral basis, and that Ulster looks to His Majesty's Government to maintain her constitutional and territorial rights?