No. 319 NAI DFA Secretary's Files P12/3

Telegram from the Department of External Affairs to William Warnock (Berlin)
(No. 200) (Personal) (Copy)

Dublin, 1 November 1940

Your telegraphic reports are far too infrequent. We should have reports several times each week on such matters as material and moral effect of British raids, food and other conditions in Germany, and reactions of people with whom you come into touch towards current developments such as trend of American foreign policy, Spanish failure to enter war, Italian invasion of Greece, and progress of attack on Britain. You should of course report at once all press or other references to Ireland and whenever you visit Foreign Office or have talks with other officials you should report conversations including incidental comments on Irish affairs which cast light on general attitude towards this country. When you are instructed to make representations, you should report when you have made them and how they were received even if no immediate reply is given. We should also like to have regular news of such members of the Irish Colony as Francis Stuart1 and Bewley. Have you any indication that Seán Russell or Frank Ryan have been in Germany?

1 Francis Stuart (1902-2000), Irish writer domiciled in Germany during the Second World War. Stuart broadcast to Ireland via the Redaktion-Irland service and had links with the IRA and German intelligence. He kept in touch with Frank Ryan until the latter's death in 1944.

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