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Sunday 1 September, 2013

Extract: Ireland planned to ask the UK for help if Germany invaded in WW2
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Extract: Ireland planned to ask the UK for help if Germany invaded in WW2

Sep 1st 2013, 8:30 AM 2,884 Views 103 Comments

This ‘secret’ document from 1940 states that the Irish people would support the British troops if they came to help when Hitler invaded, but that British troops were not to step foot in Ireland until the invasion was underway.

Saturday 20 July, 2013

Extract: The 'daily problems' in maintaining Ireland's neutrality during WW2
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Extract: The 'daily problems' in maintaining Ireland's neutrality during WW2

Jul 20th 2013, 7:00 PM 903 Views 45 Comments

Confidential documents from the 1940s show that the maintenance of Ireland’s neutrality was going be difficult – and hard decisions on policy would have to be made practically every day.

Sunday 7 July, 2013

Extract: ‘If I were Mr de Valera, I would keep a watch on all ports, communications and wireless in his territory’
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Extract: ‘If I were Mr de Valera, I would keep a watch on all ports, communications and wireless in his territory’

Jul 7th 2013, 7:30 PM 191 Views 37 Comments

A confidential report on a meeting with Neville Chamberlain in 1940 shows the British Prime minister wanted to pass on advice to the then Taoiseach, Eamon de Valera about the threat of Germany.

Sunday 17 February, 2013

Extract: 'We must anticipate war' - 1945 Irish diplomats on the threat of World War III
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Extract: 'We must anticipate war' - 1945 Irish diplomats on the threat of World War III

Feb 17th 2013, 7:30 PM 309 Views 22 Comments

Letters between senior Irish diplomats in the 1940s depict an unstable international stage, where terrified leaders were just beginning to realise the horrifying potential of atomic weapons.