THE BRITISH FORCES’ NETWORK IN IRELAND: Part Two – THE IRISH TIMES


On 2 October 1969 the following letter was sent  from-

The British Embassy
DUBLIN

 to– 

Kelvin White, Esq.,
Western European Department,
Foreign & Commonwealth Office,
London S.W. 1,


Dear Kelvin,

Your letter of September 24th – Major McDowell and No.10 Downing Street.

2.      I had McDowell to lunch today. It is all about something he mentioned to me before, but now he is hotter under the collar about it.

3.      McDowell is one of the five (Protestant) owners of the Irish Times, and he and his associates are increasingly concerned about the# the paper is taking under its present (Protestant, Belfast -born) Editor, Gageby, whom he described as a very fine journalist, an excellent man, but on Norhern questions a renegade or white nigger .And  apart from Gageby’s editorial influence, there is difficulty lower down, whereby sometimes unauthorised items appear and authorised ones left out.

4.     So far,( except for the last item) nothing new.but McDowell went on to say that he felt a certain degree of guidance, in respect of which lines were helpful and which unhelpful, mightbe acceptable to himself and one or two of his friends on the Board; this was what he had in mind in telephoning No.10.

5. Oddly enough I had had McDowell in mind in certain conversations I had in London a fortnight ago. His present approach requires rather careful handling and I shall discuss it in London next week.I am writing this letter merely in case you wish to brief No.10  and assure them  that we wil do what we can to exploit this opening. I am destroying this correspondence.
                                                                                                                                              Yours ever
                                                                                                                                               Andrew Gilchrist.
                                                                                                                                               (Ambassador)


      SECRET &  PERSONAL


       TO BE CONTINUED.


( In Part One I said that Ruairi Quinn had been nicknamed Ho Chi Minh in UCD.  He was called HO CHI QUINN).
 

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