No. 188 NAI DFA 219/5

Confidential letter from Colman O'Donovan to Joseph P. Walshe (Dublin)
(MP25/40) (Confidential)

Holy See, 3 June 1940

With reference to the question of the Dublin vacancy the Minister1 had of his own accord impressed very strongly on the Holy Father that the present critical state of affairs had made it more than ever urgent that the appointment in question should be made. This in fact was the main purpose of the Audience. In these circumstances it is certain that any further pressure would give offence.

[signed] C.J. O'Donovan

1 William J.B. Macaulay. Macaulay sailed for the United States immediately before Italy entered the Second World War (10 June 1940). He later submitted his resignation from the United States.

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