Seán Lemass on rationing: Britain ‘double-crossed us completely’ on tea rations

Lemass went to extraordinary lengths to ensure Ireland got supplies of tea and petrol during the second World War

A cartoon about Irish neutrality, published in the ‘Evening Standard’ in November 1940. Illustration: David Low

A cartoon about Irish neutrality, published in the ‘Evening Standard’ in November 1940. Illustration: David Low

The British government “double-crossed” Ireland during the second World War when it reneged on a promise that Ireland would be able to import the same quantities of tea per head.

The Irish were obsessed with the tea ration during the second World War, forcing Lemass to go to extraordinary lengths to source it, even though it was, arguably, the least important of the food imports needed.

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