Location: Mansion House Oak Room. Private meeting.
EOIN MACNEILL (Ollscoil na hEireann) moved, and A. MACCABE (S. Sligo) seconded the following motion:—
"We recognise that on the Independence of Ireland more than on any other single fact the Freedom of the Seas depends. It will never be with the consent of the Irish Nation that their land, its coasts and harbours, shall be made use of by any Power to dominate the ocean, which should be a free highway for all peoples. We desire that our ports and harbours should be equally accessible to all external nations, and that the present naval and mercantile monopoly over them exercised by England to our great detriment and the detriment of other nations shall be abolished."
Freedom of the Seas was No. 2 of US President, Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points:
“II. Absolute freedom of navigation upon the seas, outside territorial waters, alike in peace and in war, except as the seas may be closed in whole or in part by international action for the enforcement of international covenants.”
Question put and agreed to.