‘Irish citizens of Basque Origin’: The story of Ireland’s Basque refugees during the Spanish Civil War.
On 8th November 1962 Mr Joseph Barron, a member of the Dáil (Irish Parliament) for the constituency of Dublin South Central, put a question to the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Seán Lemass concerning the plight of an Irish citizen, Iker Gallastegi, against whom the French government had issued an expulsion order. Barron wanted to know what actions the Taoiseach proposed to take and “whether this Irish citizen of Basque origin was to be made a plaything between de Gaulle and Franco?”
Lemass replied that the Irish Embassy in Paris had immediately made representations to the French authorities on Mr Gallastegi’s behalf and been informed that while he could…
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