Dev's bad press
Published 13/12/2011 | 05:00
• Old Dev got a bad rap from the press. Myself included, many of us saw him as a man who held us back throughout the 1930s/1940s/1950s. Possibly, no probably, but hey, who else was out there to drive us on to Utopia . . . Costello, Dillon or Cosgrove? Maybe Bang Bang might have done as well?
However, recent events have caused me to revise my thinking about De Valera. When the big elephants of Europe rumble it's the mice who get trampled.
So when Germany flexed its military might back in the late 1930s, Dev, quicker than most, saw what was happening. He saw the fate of Norway, Belgium, Poland and any other who stood in the way of the expansion of Deutschland.