No. 248 NAI DFA 17/217

Letter from Seán Lester to Joseph P. Walshe (Dublin)

Danzig, 19 December 1934

Dear Joe,

The Danzig Government have unofficially1 asked me if I could find out whether the Irish Government would consider the appointment here of an Honorary Consul. The matter has been suggested to the Senate by some person (probably a candidate of Danzig) and the Senate say they would be particularly pleased to have a representative of Ireland here, even an honorary representative.

I think we may have some shipping interests, as some lines run direct to Dublin, but I do not know whether that is of much importance. I recall that the old policy was against appointment of Honorary Consuls anywhere. Perhaps, however, that has been changed since I was at head-quarters.

Would you let me know if the Minister would regard the matter favourably, and if so I could supply you with any further information available here.

Kindest regards and good wishes of the season,
Yours sincerely
[signed] Seán Lester

1 Underlined in pen.

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