Saturday 17 February 2018

The tragedy of our moral isolationists

The gulf that separates us from the rest of the civilised world appears as wide as ever, writes John-Paul McCarthy

IN Paul Bew's powerful recent book on Irish neutrality, The Memoir of David Gray: A Yankee in De Valera's Ireland, he reminded us that "de Valera himself estimated in 1940 that a majority of the Irish wanted Germany to prevail".

He also reminded us that our chief diplomat during the Second World War, JP Walshe, was an enthusiastic adherent to the "German New Order", who wrote in 1940 that "British defeat has been placed beyond all doubt".

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