No. 123  NAI DFA 233/93

Exchange of handwritten minutes between Frederick H. Boland and
Joseph P. Walshe

Dublin, 4 September and 5 October 1941


I don't think you have seen the letters of the 4th July from Archer1 stating that phone calls between here and the Six Counties are to be liable to censorship.

A point of interest is that the use of the Irish language is definitely banned. 'Calls in which the use of any other language (than English) is observed by the Censor will be interrupted', according to Mr. Archer's letter, and apparently this applies to calls made by Ministers and officials here.

The restriction may be due to a shortage of Irish-speaking censors; but to any individual who tries to make a call to the Six Counties in Irish and is prevented from doing so, it is likely to appear a piece of official intolerance.

[initialled] F. H. B.

I don't see much use in making a protest. It would only bring further regulations. The intolerance will remain until we take over.

[initialled] J. P. W.

1 Norman Ernest Archer, Principal Secretary, British Representative's Office, Dublin.

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