177 No. NAI DT S3444

T.M. Healy to the Duke of Devonshire (London)1
(Despatch No. 361)

DUBLIN, 21 December 1923

My Lord Duke,

I have the honour to refer to Your Grace's Despatch No. 689 of the 29th ultimo,2 with regard to Clause I (11) of the 'Ministers and Secretaries Bill, 1923', at present before the Oireachtas; and to inform Your Grace that my Ministers concur in the opinion expressed in Clause 2 thereof, to the effect that there will be need for consultation with His Majesty's Government when the question arises of diplomatic representation of the interests of Saorstát Éireann abroad in any particular instance.

I have the honour to be,
My Lord Duke,
Your Grace’s most obedient humble servant,
[stamped] T.M. HEALY

1A much more detailed draft version of the despatch is reproduced directly as No. 174 above.

2Not printed.

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