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Eoin O’DuffyA Self-Made Hero$
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Fearghal McGarry

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226672.001.0001

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The flower of the young manhood of Ireland

The flower of the young manhood of Ireland

(p.115) 5 The flower of the young manhood of Ireland
Eoin O’Duffy


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This chapter examines the appointment of Eoin O'Duffy as the second commissioner of the Garda Síochána, the police force of Ireland, on September 11, 1922. It explains that O'Duffy's priority as commissioner was to restore order throughout the state, and he was given administrative autonomy to execute his plans, including the recruitment and training of recruits. The chapter highlights O'Duffy's accomplishments in reducing armed crime between 1923 and 1925 and his success in subduing an army mutiny in 1924. It suggests that central to O'Duffy's effective leadership was his ability to forge a bond with his men and argues that his leadership style was more paternal than fraternal.

Keywords:   Eoin O'Duffy, Garda Síochána, police commissioner, crime reduction, army mutiny, leadership

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