Archive for November 7th, 2011

November 7,

Today in Irish History: De Valera Hits Out At Churchill. Tieda Herrema released.

TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1940: Éamon de Valera rejects Winston Churchill’s statement about Irish ports stating that there can be no question of handing over Irish ports for use by British forces while the country is partitioned. Britain (in what Churchill considered a short-sighted move) had returned the ports to Irish  control in 1938. This move helped ensure Ireland’s neutrality during World War II.

1975: Dutch industrialist Dr Tiede Herrema kidnapped by IRA members  Eddie Gallagher and Marion Coyle on October 3rd is released unharmed in Portlaoise after a siege lasting more than two weeks.

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