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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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any way by an agreement which was made primarily to restore
good relations between this country and Southern Ireland.
We were able to meet in a very considerable degree the sug-
gestions which they made to us, and the various concessions
to which we agreed were recapitulated by the Prime Minister
of Northern Ireland in a speech which he made in their
Parliament. I would just like to read to hon. Members a short
passage from that speech which shows how the matter presents
itself to Lord Craigavon at this juncture. He said :
" ' I desire to avail myself of this, the earliest opportunity,
to express my gratitude to the Government of the United
Kingdom for their appreciation of the difficulties with which
we were confronted and the readiness they evinced to meet
our wishes in reaching a solution. I am happy in paying this
tribute to their understanding and sympathy. Taking the long
view, Ulster will greatly benefit, and her prospects" in regard
to rearmament work be very materially brightened/
That, I think, will commend itself to hon. Members as being a
very satisfactory statement from the point of view of Northern
Ireland."
SIR WILLIAM DAVISON : " Will my right hon. Friend say
what the concessions to Northern Ireland are ? "
THE PRIME MINISTER : " I would refer my hon. Friend to
the statement made by Lord Craigavon, in which he detailed
them, but I need hardly take up time in going through them
now. They are fairly numerous."
SIR W. DAVISON : " What will they cost the Exchequer of
this country—the concessions which are made, and of which
I entirely approve, to Northern Ireland ? "
THE PRIME MINISTER : " I will ask my right hon. Friend to
try and give to my hon. Friend the figures which he desires.
Now I think I have concluded what I wished to say. I wish to
commend this Bill to the House as opening a new chapter in
the relations between Eire and ourselves. The members of
my family have more than once in the past made an effort to
improve those relations, and if I feel some confidence that the
prospects of a settlement this time are more hopeful than they
were before, it is because the conditions which accompanied
our negotiations were themselves far more favourable than