To ask the Minister for External Affairs if it is true that the Irish Consulate at Paris has now passed into the care of the Irregulars; and, if this be so, if it is due to any neglect of the business intended to be done by him, when appointed to his office by this Dáil; and further, if it is true that any decision has been taken by the Executive Council on his advice, not communicated to this Dáil, that the external relations of the Saorstát with other countries, whether diplomatic or trade. be curtailed or ended.

The former Irish Trade Agent in Paris has now passed into the care of the Irregulars. This is due solely to treachery on the part of the late Trade Agent.

I have given no such advice, and the Executive Council has taken no such decision as that suggested in the last part of the question.