A Consul had been appointed to Genoa, and two other Consuls had been appointed, but they had not yet left Ireland.
An American Shipping Company— the Moore-MacCormack Line—had arranged to make regular calls to Ireland, as a result of the activities of the Deputy for South Fermanagh (Mr. J. O'Mahony). Information received that morning disclosed the fact that three American vessels are on their way to Ireland—they would call at Dublin and Cork. The Baltic Line, which is under the same direction, also intended making calls to Belfast.
The important matter for Ireland in this connection was to secure that return cargoes for these vessels would be made available. If this were done then they would have established direct trading with North America. If they were not able to secure the return cargoes there was danger of their reverting to the old situation. Proposals were also on foot to secure direct trading between Bordeaux and Dublin. The question of providing return cargoes would likewise arise in that case.