No. 120 NAI DFA Secretary's Files S113

Letter from Eamon de Valera to Neville Chamberlain (London)

Dublin, 2 February 1940

Dear Prime Minister,

I have written Mr. Eden1 urging that the prerogative of mercy should be exercised in the case of the condemned men, Barnes and Richards. I am writing this to ask you to apply your mind personally to the matter. I believe that you will be able to appreciate the full significance of what I have urged and that you will make your decision in the light of long-time policy to secure better relations between the people of Ireland and the people of Britain.

Very sincerely yours,
(Signed) Eamon de Valera

1 See No. 116.

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