Records of consultations with the President of the Irish Free State

Abdication Papers

Document reference: DO 121/37

A telegram from Eamon De Valera, the President of the Irish Free State, to King Edward VIII (6 December, 1936), reminding him that abdication would not be possible without the authority of the Dail, according to the Statute of Westminster. De Valera had stated on 29 November that he was 'inclined to favour' the proposal of a morganatic marriage but that overall his position was one of detachment. The Irish government delayed their final response and then used it to remove the crown from the internal affairs of the Irish Free State.