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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 Irish Mussolini

The Irish Mussolini

(p.200) 8 The Irish Mussolini
Eoin O’Duffy


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This chapter examines the impact of Éamon de Valera's decision to dismiss Eoin O'Duffy as commissioner of the Garda Síochána in 1933. Though the issue was hotly debated in the Dáil, O'Duffy remained uncharacteristically quiet throughout the furore and spent a holiday vacation in the Middle East. After his return, he decided to lead the Blueshirt movement, which made him the central figure in the most turbulent period of the Irish Free State's history. The chapter highlights the selection of O'Duffy as director general of the movement to replace T.F. O'Higgins, and his leadership of Fine Gael.

Keywords:   Eoin O'Duffy, Garda Síochána, Blueshirt Movement, Irish Free State, Éamon de Valera', T.F. O'Higgins, Fine Gael

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