In June 1940, during and after the Battle of France, Britain offered to end the Partition of Ireland quickly if Ireland would abandon its neutrality and join the war against Germany and Italy. De Valera had campaigned against partition and the 1937 Constitution drafted by him had an irredentist clause describing the State as the “whole island of Ireland”, but he declined the offer. After the war he again called repeatedly for the ending of partition. The offer and his rejection remained secret until a biography was published in 1970.
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DeValera V Churchill (RTE Television)
An RTE program about the interactions between DeValera and Churchill during WWII and the issue of Irish neutrality. Some believe that Ireland could have been re-united (an end to partition) as their “prize” had they joined the effort to defeat Nazi Germany.
DeValera V Churchill (Part 1 of 6)
DeValera V Churchill (Part 2 of 6)
DeValera V Churchill (Part 3 of 6)
DeValera V Churchill (Part 4 of 6)
DeValera V Churchill (Part 5 of 6)
DeValera V Churchill (Part 6 of 6)