25 OCTOBER 1975, Page 3

Sir: Mr C. C. Chisholm of Glasgow is wrong about

the late Eamon de Valera. He never helped the Nezis; in fact his was a benevolent (to Great Britain)

neutrality, as was America's. He never hated the British. Casement was not a traitor. He was an Irish patriot.

Of course the British Labour Party has more Irish surnames among its members (and supporters) than has the Conservative and Unionist Party of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and that latter title tells you why. James Harold Wilson went to see the Pope, says Mr Chisholm. So did Edward Heath and, I believe, British royalty.

Mr Chisholm lives in Paisley Road – most apt!

Patrick J. N. Bury

23 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2