Location: Mansion House Round Room. Public meeting.
At yesterday's Public Sessions of Dáil Eireann, concluding the series, in the Mansion House, Dublin, pronouncements were made on the League of Nations, Freedom of the Seas and Social Policy as affecting commerce and industry.
Mr. DE VALERA spoke with vigour and clearness on his attitude towards the League of Nations, and, while varied views were expressed in later speeches, there was unanimous agreement on the principle of a World-League which would include Ireland. The position of Ireland as the "Heligoland of the Atlantic," and the importance of harbour development and prospects of world-trade from this country were discussed on the Freedom of the Seas question, and Mr. de Valera's observations on social policy, especially in regard to labour aspects, were revealing to a degree.
Heligoland: small German archipelago in the North Sea. Between 1814 and 1890, the islands were in British possession. Became a major naval base for German Empire.
As on the previous day, Mr. J.J. O'Kelly ("Sceilg"), Deputy-Speaker, presided, and there was a large attendance of visitors, including clergymen, ladies and many well-known city and country business men.