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Washington Declaration (Ireland)

Volume 530: debated on Tuesday 13 July 1954

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asked the Prime Minister whether the case of Ireland was under discussion between himself and President Eisenhower before signing the recent statement on the principle of unification of countries whose people desire it.

The case of Ireland was not discussed between the President and myself. I thought all that was settled happily a long time ago.

Does not the Prime Minister consider that Clause 3, namely, the case of nations divided against their will, fits the case of Ireland like a glove? Would it not be a strange omission not to consider the views of two million Irish voters, whose swing-over contributed to the Republican victory last year, and who resent the partition both of Ireland and Korea? Are the principles of democracy to be applied only to nations abroad?

The principles of democracy, subject to their usual qualifications, are of general application.