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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 20 May 1969

Vol. 240 No. 9

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Taoiseach's Visit to British Premier.


asked the Taoiseach whether he has any intimation as yet of the date of his visit to Mr. Wilson.

No definite date has yet been fixed for my visit to Mr. Wilson.

Is the Taoiseach aware that the Northern Ireland Premier is visiting London today I think it is? Can he tell us whether he made a second request for such a meeting? I got the impression from an answer here last week that the Taoiseach is displaying some impatience about the date for the talks with Mr. Wilson. Can he tell us whether he has made a second request to Mr. Wilson for a meeting?

I renewed my first request shortly after the matter was debated here in the House. At that time Deputy Corish proffered the advice that there would be not much point in my going there before the Northern Ireland Prime Minister went there. That is the same opinion as the British Government had about it.

Can the Taoiseach say whether he will be raising the possibility of a further extension of the activities at the United Nations?

We made our overtures to the Secretary General of the United Nations and it is not intended to do any more at this stage.

Will the Taoiseach say what specifically he will be talking about to the British Prime Minister?

I will not.

The Taoiseach will not?

Will he mention Partition?

That is the whole kernel of the matter surely.

Will he mention the views of the Minister for Education on it?