The Cabinet Secretaries' Notebooks (CAB 195/7)

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Ireland Bill

Ireland Bill

C.E. 

Civil Guard have infd N.S.Yd tht. 50% cut made in funds for watchg, illegal drilling etc. and given hint not to be over zealous.
Dublin Govt. won't therefore discourage recrudescence of violence (in Ulster: prs. U.K.)
Disposn being taken here. Some Ministers may need protn.

H.M. 

17 Labour supporters deliberately abstained in Divn.
Mainly on R.C. basis for this.

A.W. 

Will N.S.Yd communicate with Glasgow? 

C.E.  

Yes.

H.M. 

Cab. decided N.I. wd. be defended as any other part of U.K.  Didn't volunteer this y'day because ques. not raised. Shd. we see tht. ques. is asked on 3rd Rdg.

N.B. 

C.E.'s statement fits with McBride's statement tht. wdn't have another civil war. Thought this was a threat.

P.M. 

Don't engineer a ques. as suggd. by H.M.

E.B. 

Dulanty said to me, v. Atlantic Pact, that this whole policy came fr. Cork where I.R.A. members promised Costello they wd. disband if this policy adopted. May be cut in funds means they are getting to trust I.R.A.

A.B. 

Condns of electns in N.I. casts doubt on repve characters of N.I. Parlt.
Cd. we consider this point after Bill is thro'.
Otherwise, Clause means we are conniving at gerrymandering.

P.M. 

Both sides cheat on elections.

H.M. 

Not our business - don't burn our fingers.
Agreed : p'pone discns of this.

Taken from C.M. 34(49) - Meeting held on 12 May 1949.