Location: Unknown. Private meeting.
The PRESIDENT in the course of a verbal Report dealing with the work of the Department of Publicity, said that he had asked for a written Report from the Director of Publicity but the latter was unfortunately arrested on the previous day. The work of the Department was largely routine. The production of the "Bulletin" was the regular work and arrangements had been made with their Representatives abroad to republish it in foreign countries together with any other information supplied to them from the Department. The new Director spent most of his time since he took up duty in getting hold of the administration and arranging that the routine work would be carried out. The Staff Attache, Piaras Beaslai (Kerry, East), who was in charge of the Home Section of Propaganda, would be able to give a Report upon that side of the Department's work.
PIARAS BEASLAI (Kerry, East) said he would be able to answer any questions that would arise regarding the Department as he was in touch with it every day from the Home Propaganda aspect. The scope of their work had been greatly extended. The Military and Civil sides were brought more into touch than before, and the "Bulletin" was now issuing a review every week of the military operations. "An t-Oglach," the official organ of the Army, would be used as a Propagandist organ, and steps were being taken to have it circulated to outside publicity institutions. Extracts from it were being published in American papers, and he was trying to get them into the Irish, English and other daily papers also. A number of leaflets were being prepared and printed at the present time to counter the Enemy Propaganda at home. One of these was the copy of the interview given by the President to the American Journalists last month. Leaflets were also being issued containing contradictions of the lies published by Dublin Castle. The Departments were in close touch with American and other foreign Press representatives as well as with the local Press, and they had arranged for a number of interviews with Pressmen.