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Irish Prime Minister Pledges Full Exchange of Diplomats with Israel

Prime Minister Sean F. Lemass said here today that only economic considerations and lack of trained personnel prevented Ireland from exchanging diplomatic and consular representatives with Israel. In an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Premier Lemass said that Ireland, which recognizes Israel both de jure and de facto, does not have “many diplomatic representatives or even consular officers. Our diplomatic service is not extensive at all for economic reasons, and also for lack of trained officials to go around.”

Mr. Lemass pointed out, however, that his country planned to extend its diplomatic and consular services “as the years go by” and that “Israel is, of course, included in these plans.”