De Valera speaks of new constitution (1936)

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Before the present session of the Dáil Éireann ends we will be bringing in a Constitution which will be of the type that the Irish would choose if Britain were 1,000,000 miles away.

The matter of our relations with Britain will be a subsequent question. I regret that our relations with Britain are not better. The efforts to break our people by penal tariffs began during the worst part of the slump, but the Irish people are not going to surrender. We want to be on good terms with the British. We do not wish to hurt them, but we want to be allowed to live our own lives. There never will be lasting peace between these two countries so long as any part of the national territory of Ireland is withheld from the control of the majority of our nation.