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Dev's bad press

• 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.

History cast Dev as weak, he didn't take sides, he kept us neutral. But he kept us alive.

One of those ever-running history channels recently showed the German troops in Denmark and Czechoslovakia as they robbed frightened civilians of their valuables. This was less than 70 years ago.

When Dev did what he did, it was for a good reason.

Britain has seen the folly of Mr Sarkozy and his cosying up to the big bully in town, Ms Merkel's Germany. What we need now is a man with the cajones of Dev to stand up for us before it's too late.

John Cuffe
Dunboyne, Meath

Irish Independent