Ireland's External Affairs Minister, Dr. Patrick Hillery, said today (Monday) he was hopeful but not?
Ireland's External Affairs Minister, Dr. Patrick Hillery, said today (Monday) he was hopeful but not confident that the U.N. Security Council would put the Irish question on its agenda. He said this to U.N. correspondents after a half-hour meeting with Secretary-General U Thant.
Dr. Hillery told the correspondents he was continuing to consult with council members about an early meeting. He said his exchange of views with U Thant had been useful. He also met Britain's permanent U.N. representative, Lord Caradon.
Dr. Hillery said Britain had been "very courteous", but had made it clear it was none of Ireland's business. He told correspondents it had never been Ireland's intention to act unilaterally in Northern Ireland. "We have only suggested that our troops should be there in a peacekeeping role", he added.
The Irish minister flew to New York on Saturday in a bid to bring the Irish question before the U.N. despite British opposition.