Tiede Herrema Released by Captors – De Valera and Churchill Clash

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Tiede Herrema

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1940: De Valera Responds to Churchill on Irish Ports

In a Dail statement,  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.

“I would have refrained from making any comment upon it were it not that it has been followed by an extensive Press campaign dn Britain itself, and re-echoed an the United States of America, the purport of the campaign being that we should surrender or lease our ports to Britain for the conduct of the war………..

We have chosen the policy of neutrality in this war because we believed that it was the right policy for our people. It is the policy which has been accepted, not merely by this House, but by our people as a whole, and nobody who realises what modern war means, and what it means particularly for those who have not sufficient air defences, will have the slightest doubt that that policy was the right one, apart altogether from any questions of sympathy on one side or the other………

. There can be no question of the handing over of these ports so long as this State remains neutral. There can be no question of leasing these ports. They are ours. They are within our sovereignty, and there can be no question, as long as we remain neutral, of handing them over on any condition whatsoever. Any attempt to bring pressure to bear on us by any side—by any of the belligerents—by Britain—could only lead to bloodshed.”

READ: De Valera Speech on Irish Ports


READ: Newspaper Report on De Valera speech




1975: Release of  IRA Kidnap Victim Tiede Herrema

Dutch industrialist Dr. Tiede Herrema  kidnapped by IRA members  Eddie Gallagher and Marion Coyle on October 3rd is released unharmed in Portlaoise after a two week siege. Herrema, CEO of Ferenka had been kidnapped by Gallagher and Coyle in an effort to force the release of IRA prisoners including Rose Dugdale, a well to do English born woman who was carrying Gallagher’s baby.



SEE: Dr. Tiede Herrema Papers at University of Limerick


READ: Eddie Gallagher on Herrema Kidnapping




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