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CLAIM TO REPUBLIC No Solution Of Mr. De Valera's Statement ■ LONDON, July 13. The Prime Minister of Eire, Mr. de Valera, has not yet explained his statement on Wednesday that Eire is a Republic. , , The statement which he had promised to make last night in the Dail was not made, but it was not his fault. A few members, led by the deputy-Leader of the Opposition, Mr. James Dillon, angry at the Government's decision to sit for an extra hour and a half, talked out time and prevented Mr. de Valera rising before the adjournment. Merely Personal Explanation In Dublin, there is a tendency to regard the statement as nothing more than an expression of Mr. de Valera's own interpretation of the existing Constitution, but at least one Irish newspaper has taken him severely to task. The Irish Independent says that the situation he has created could be very amusing if it did not make the Irish people look so ridiculous. The paper recalls that two years after he came to office, Mr. de Valera was called on, by motion in the Dail, either to abandon the pretence of republicanism or to seek authority for the establishment of a Republic from the electorate. On that occasion, Mr. de Valera slithered out of the dilemma by claiming that he wanted a genuine and effective Republic in which every inch of Ireland would be under the control of a Government selected by the Irish people.

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The Irish Independent recalls, also, that when the abdication of Edward VIII. gave a golden opportunity for a Constitutional change, Mr. de Valera instead had the Dail summoned by telegram to rush through a bill restoring the link with the British Empire. His next step was to draft a new Constitution, under which he established a President who had no external powers because the Constitution expressly preserved the powers of the King to act for Eire. Sir Joseph Davison, Grand Master of the Orange Order in Ireland, has welcomed Mr. de Valera's statement, because, he says, he rather have an open enemy than a sharpsheoter who would shoot at me with a friendly smile." "We are determined to oppose forces that would deprive us of our heritage, our close association with I: Britain, and our citizenship within the Empire," he said.

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EIRE "MYSTERY", Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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EIRE "MYSTERY" Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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