Eoin O'Mahony and Ithel Davies speak out against the partition of Ireland at a rally in Dun Laoghaire.

Anti-Partition Week in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin opened with a parade to the fountain where a public meeting took place and was addressed by speakers from Scotland, Wales and England. The event was organised by the Irish Anti-Partition Association.

One of the speakers at the event was Cork solicitor and activist Mr Eoin O'Mahony, who campaigned in support of anti-partition candidates in British elections. In reference to the visit of Basil Brooke the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland to America he commends the efforts of the Irish there for doing magnificent work against partition. 

If we all get our freedom we can work out a means of keeping other people out of our respective countries.

Eoin O'Mahony believes that the Irish at home have a job to do in keeping a national front on the issue of partition.

To make conditions in the south so attractive that the north will only be too happy to come in.

He condemns any sort of cooperation between the Irish police force and police forces from outside the state.

His  message to the Irish living in England is to use their vote in elections to oppose those in favour of partition.

If you want to bring England to her heels, your first allegiance must be to Ireland.

Also speaking at the rally was Ithel Davies of the Welsh Republican Party on his first ever trip to Ireland, 

On this auspicious occasion when you are fighting the last fight for the freedom and unity and integrity of Ireland.

Speaking of the long and historic links between Ireland and Wales he looks forward to a more fruitful association in the future. He is critical of English imperialism, plantations and settlements in Ireland and the unjust manner in which part of Ireland was cut off from the rest of the country.

I think you are right in fighting and in struggling and in striving to bring about the unity of Ireland.

Other speakers at the event included Scottish Nationalist Mr Robert Blair Wilkie, Mr H McHugh secretary of the Liverpool area Anti-Partition League and Mr HP McCarron.

Recorded on 9 April 1950.

From the RTÉ Archives Acetate Disc Collection which has been digitised with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) Archiving Scheme.