Mervyn O’Driscoll
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in Ireland, West Germany and the New Europe, 1949– 73
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In the light of Ireland's neutrality and post-war humanitarianism, relations between the Federal Republic of German (FRG) and Ireland commenced on encouraging terms. Ireland supported West Germany's reincorporation and inclusion as a normal state in international society after 1949. West Germany gained the right to initiate and conduct full and normal diplomatic relations on 13 March 1951 when its cabinet agreed to a revision of the Occupation Statute to establish a foreign ministry. Katzenberger took the opportunity on the presentation of his credentials to President Seán T. O'Kelly to express German gratitude for Irish relief, particularly to children, after the war. This set the tone for German public and cultural diplomacy during the early years of the FRG's legation in Dublin. The intensification of sports and cultural links formed an essential element of the rehabilitation of the German people.

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