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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 17 Jun 1919

Vol. F No. 9


The ACTING-PRESIDENT moved the following resolution of thanks to the American Senate:—
"The duly elected representatives of Ireland assembled in legislative session in Dublin this 17th day of June, 1919, before taking up the business of the day, desire to record their appreciation of the action of the Congress of the United States on behalf of Ireland, and in particular of the following resolutions adopted by the Senate of the United States:—
‘That the Senate of the United States earnestly requests the American Peace Commission at Versailles to endeavour to secure for Eamon de Valera, Arthur Griffith, and George Noble Plunkett, a hearing before the Peace Conference, in order that they may present the case of Ireland.
‘And further, the Senate of the United States expresses its sympathy with the aspirations of the Irish people for a Government of their own choice.'
It is therefore resolved: That the elected Government of Ireland be and is hereby directed to convey the thanks of the Irish Nation to the Congress of the United States; to declare that the people of Ireland cherish no designs on the rights or territories of other nations, but ardently seek to live in cordial peace with, and as one of, the Free Nations of the World; and to assure the people of America that the ties of blood and friendship which subsisted between both nations in the days of their subjection to one common oppressor have endured and are indissoluble."
CATHAL BRUGHA (Waterford County) seconded the motion, which was unanimously adopted.