Tuesday 20 November 2018

From a Free State hero to a buffoon in a Blueshirt

Eoin O'Duffy's name became a byword for fascismbut a new documentary reveals there was moreto his life than just that, writes EDWARD McCANN

The key force in shaping the Garda Siochana, a founder member of Fine Gael and the youngest army general in Europe at the time - Eoin O'Duffy's achievements were considerable. But today if one thinks of him at all it is in connection with his latter-day flirtation with fascism.

The man who was one of the most respected figureheads of the fledgling Irish Free State saw his successes being eclipsed by a decade of failures before he died in 1944.

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