Sunday 4 December 2016

A skewed view of de Valera

Published 09/12/2012 | 05:00

Madam –Martin Mansergh's embarrassing attempt (Sunday Independent, December 2, 2012) to portray Eamon de Valera as a figure in history who took a moral stand against Hitler, and National Socialism, is akin to throwing seeds on to fallow ground in the hope that an array of crops will spring up.

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The de Valera who visited US Ambassador David Gray to offer his condolences upon the death of President Roosevelt in April 1945, was exactly the same man who played a major part in a brutal terrorist conspiracy of 1916, and continued his criminal activity right up to 1923-26, when he decided to face the reality of military defeat at the hands of the Free State army.

In this respect, de Valera made an impressive transition from a proto-fascist terrorist to a consummate disciple of Machiavelli, a figure he recommended for study to his blood-brother Richard Mulcahy, when the former chief of the IRA asked de Valera for advice in relation to politics.

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