Letter from J. Hagan to Mrs. Humphreys
Pontifical Irish College
Hagan, John, 1873-1930
Typescript letter signed J.H.(agan), Rome, to Mrs. Humphreys [...], in thanks for her letter. He does not believe Fr. Sweetman will have success in having his case reopened. He has heard of the ardfheis, and the discussion of a possible utilisation of the Dáil. Regretting that Irish people are wont to take sides with vigour and inflate the side issues; hoping for mutual respect and that a heartbreaking split can be avoided – 'it would mean the end of the movement for a decade if not more'. He had found when in Ireland that people had fallen into apathy, and that the young people are growing up without the sense of patriotism of his own youth. Stating his conviction that elections only lead to more antagonism, while those who have been using the Dáil to the ruin of the country needed to be set aside: 'whether this could be best accomplished by trying to get hold of the machinery seemed to be a matter for discussion...' While the boundary crisis might lead to an election, people – detesting the (Free State) as they do – will only vote for the others if they see it does not bring a renewal of trouble. Any such undertaking by the republicans must be made absolutely. It is essential not to take attitudes of 'infallibility', on either side.
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