Saturday 20 January 2018

'The Civil War was a joke, but it was an obscene and bloody joke'

Courageous and idealistic, Dev also fomented Civil War and left a legacy of unrest, writes Con Houlihan

JUDGING DEV: Bertie Ahern at the launch of Diarmuid Ferriter's biography of de Valera
JUDGING DEV: Bertie Ahern at the launch of Diarmuid Ferriter's biography of de Valera

SOMETIMES we hear this question: how will history deal with George Bush or Tony Blair or Fidel Castro or some such famous figure?

In this context there is no such thing as history; they are historians and they rarely reach consensus.

A historian can only assemble all the known material and form his judgement on that. In Diarmaid Ferriter's book Judging Dev, a very ambitious study, he refers to me as a journalist. That's fair enough -- but in my BA package I have a first-class honours in history. I have taught the subject and I have written a fair amount about it. And so I feel competent to answer Diarmaid Ferriter's question.

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