25 October 1921
Talks resumed in Downing Street. From now on the talks will be between sub-conferences and various committees. The Irish side at sub-conferences will always be represented by Collins and Griffith. Today Chamberlain and the Attorney-General, Gordon Hewart, represented the British side and the subject under discussion was Ulster. Griffith proposed that Ulster could retain existing legislative powers, but under an Irish Parliament, not Westminster. Griffith dangled the carrot of association with the British Crown in return for Irish unity. The meeting broke up after two hours with no date set for a resumption.
Over in Northern Ireland William Coote MP declared that the talks in London were doomed to failure and that the British government was treasonous for entering into talks in the first place. The UVF and the Orange Order would defend Ulster Coote declared.
Eamon de Valera replied to Griffith's account of yesterday's meeting in Downing Street. He opposed any association with the King and that the British must be convinced that Ireland was prepared for war if it was forced on them. Any agreement which would compel Tyrone and Fermanagh to remain under the Northern Parliament was to be avoided. De Valera suggested that an undertaking might be not to import munitions during the negotiations, although De Valera did not consider it a breach of the truce.