Looking up 'on this day' file I keep I spotted this one.
[size=12]16 March 1939: Eamon De Valera met Mussolini in Rome. Count Ciano, the Italian Foreign Minister, hosted a luncheon in the Taoiseach’s honour.
Would love to have been a fly on the wall at that one!
Mussolini for all his faults and subsequent igmominious Downfall and roadside execution was IIRC a keen supporter of Irish Independence back in eary 1920's.
Given the flak that Dev has taken down through the years over his offering our condolences on Hitler's death its a wonder his critics havn't raised this one too in order to vilify him.