Sean Lemass tells the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis about negotiations for a free trade agreement with Britain and a future for Ireland in the European Economic Community.

At the Mansion House in Dublin Taoiseach Sean Lemass outlines the prospects of Ireland developing a new more open trade agreement with Britain in the hope that it would facilitate the country's entry into the European Economic Community (EEC)..

The final elimination of tariffs and all trade barriers between all their members will be completed in a little more than one year from now.

Sean Lemass says that the process of eliminating trade barriers will not be stopped or reversed to suit Ireland.

Our aim is to join with these other Western European countries in an extended common market.

The Taoiseach outlines how a process of dismantling tariffs with Britain would prepare for membership of the European common market. The objective is to offer Irish industries the prospect of winning new markets when the tariff obstacles are overcome.

On the need for Ireland to become part of the economic community he says,

We could not stay out of such an arrangement and to attempt to do it would be suicidal.

Sean Lemass further emphasised the need for an aggressive approach to developing new trade agreements with our neighbours if they are to be successful and work in the best interests of the country.

This episode of 'Newsbeat’ broadcast on 16 November 1965.