DE VALERA ON IRELAND'S
LONDON, December 12. Mr de Valera, m a statement, said: "I have been asked -whether the honour of Ireland is not involved m the ratification of the Peace Treaty. The honour of Ireland is not involved. The plenipotentiaries' were sent on the dis tinct understanding that any agreement made was subject to ratification by the Dail Eireann and the country, and could be rejected by the Dail Eireann or the, country, if it did not commend itself to them. The British Parliament and people will, = on their side, similarly consider the agreement solely on its merits. If they desire so to do, the British Parliament and people can reject it. . Ratification' is not a mere formality. The United States refused to ratify the Treaty of Versailles signed by President Wilson. The honour of a nation is hot involved unless and 'until a treaty is ratified." " The Right Rev. J. A. F. Gregg, Protestant Archbishop of Dublin m a sermon, said: "Itrboncerns ua all to offer the Irish Free State our loyalty and goodwill. I believe there is a genuine desire on the part of those who have long differed from us politically to welcome our co-operation. We should be wrong politically and- religiously to reject such advances."
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RATIFICATION QUESTION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XLII, Issue 9410, 14 December 1921
RATIFICATION QUESTION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XLII, Issue 9410, 14 December 1921
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