Tuesday, July 24, 1945
JFK was in Ireland and recorded in-depth thoughts in his diary on Irish leader Eamon de Valera and David Gray’s assessment of him.
Mr. Gray’s opinion of DeValera (sic) was that he was sincere, incorruptible, also a paranoiac and a lunatic. His premise is that the partition of Ireland is indefensible, and once this thesis is accepted, all else in its policy is consistent. He believed Germany was going to win. He kept strict neutrality even towards the simplest United States demand.
Mr. Gray admits that Mr. DeValera was not any more friendly to the Germans than he was to us. He does not think German submarines were aided from Ireland, although there were many German sympathetizers….
[129. p. 25-6]