Wednesday, 20 May 1970
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Hogan: asked the Minister for External Affairs if he is satisfied that all security reports submitted to his Department over the past 12 months have been retained in safe keeping; when the question of the smuggling of arms into this country was first adverted to in these reports and what action was taken thereon.
Minister for Finance (Mr. Colley) (for the Minister for External Affairs): All confidential reports coming to my Department are kept in safe custody. On the instructions of the Taoiseach our ambassadors to certain countries requested the Governments of those countries to take all possible steps to prevent the illegal exportation of arms to Ireland from their territories.
Mr. O'Higgins: We are concerned that the exportation of arms may be lawful so far as the exporting country is concerned but illegal so far as we are concerned. All exports of arms to this country should be prevented.
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