Boards.ie uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Click here to find out more x
View Poll Results: Collins or DeValera
Collins 136 83.44%
DeValera 27 16.56%
Voters: 163. You may not vote on this poll

Post Reply  
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
30-08-2018, 19:13   #31
whisky_galore
Registered User
 
whisky_galore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 5,177
Dev is always seen as conservative and hand in glove with the Catholic Church. Mick was a good Catholic boy as well, hardly one to bring about any sort of change in dynamic in terms of the influence of the RCC had he lived.
Collins will always be the dashing young man in uniform, Dev remembered as the dour schoolmaster type or worse, the caricature from the Michael Collins movie.
whisky_galore is offline  
Thanks from:
Advertisement
04-09-2018, 18:44   #32
Edgware
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 820
If there had not been a split I wonder would Collins and DeValera be the great democrats they are stated to be. Would they have followed the lead of Mussolini and the lads rather than allow the Labour Party etc to develop?
Edgware is offline  
05-09-2018, 01:17   #33
Peregrinus
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 15,684
Quote:
Originally Posted by Edgware View Post
If there had not been a split I wonder would Collins and DeValera be the great democrats they are stated to be. Would they have followed the lead of Mussolini and the lads rather than allow the Labour Party etc to develop?
It’s a what-if that can’t be answered except with pure speculation - especially in Collins’ case. But it’s worth pointing out that, before the split, people were giving thought to the problem of how Ireland would function as a democracy with a parliament overwhelmingly dominated - and, they assumed, likely to remain so - by one party. Thinking in all-Ireland terms, they expected not one but two “permanent minority” parties, the other being a unionist party. They also notrd that the only thing that bound SF together was the national question and, once that was resolved, the expected diverse opinions to emerge within the party on social, economic, etc questions.

Not everybody thought that this would cause the party to split. But there were proposals to, e.g, establish a system of departmental committees in Dáil Éireann to which ministers would be accountable, to ensure consideration of a diversity of opinions and perspectives in the administration of government. PR as an electoral system was adopted partly to facilitate this.

How all this would have panned out it anybody’s guess. Perhaps it would have worked. Perhaps SF would have split into separate parties on social or economic questions rather than on the national question. Or perhaps we would have veered into Mussolini-style fascism, if not immediately then under the stress of the Great Depression.
Peregrinus is offline  
(2) thanks from:
05-09-2018, 01:47   #34
cameramonkey
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: SOUTHD
Posts: 1,233
Quote:
Originally Posted by Flamed Diving View Post
From memory, I believe in 1920-21, one of these men was simultaneously the Acting President of Ireland, President of the IRB, Minister for Finance - and if certain historical sources are to be believed - giving Richard Mulcahy (head of volunteers/IRA/GHQ) orders in front of his own men, making him Ireland's military leader, for all intents and purposes.

A pragmatist, not an idealist. A man who rejected protectionist economic policies, which our country later adopted, which notably held us back in the post-war era.

What could have been... but instead we were sold to the Vatican by our other contestant. And the rest is history.

You should read up a bit on the history of the early Free State, it was Collins's side that were fawning and taking their orders from Rome. Cosgrave was much more in the bishops pocket than Dev.
cameramonkey is offline  
Thanks from:
06-09-2018, 00:24   #35
Ascendant
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 150
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peregrinus View Post
It’s a what-if that can’t be answered except with pure speculation - especially in Collins’ case. But it’s worth pointing out that, before the split, people were giving thought to the problem of how Ireland would function as a democracy with a parliament overwhelmingly dominated - and, they assumed, likely to remain so - by one party. Thinking in all-Ireland terms, they expected not one but two “permanent minority” parties, the other being a unionist party. They also notrd that the only thing that bound SF together was the national question and, once that was resolved, the expected diverse opinions to emerge within the party on social, economic, etc questions.

Not everybody thought that this would cause the party to split. But there were proposals to, e.g, establish a system of departmental committees in Dáil Éireann to which ministers would be accountable, to ensure consideration of a diversity of opinions and perspectives in the administration of government. PR as an electoral system was adopted partly to facilitate this.

How all this would have panned out it anybody’s guess. Perhaps it would have worked. Perhaps SF would have split into separate parties on social or economic questions rather than on the national question. Or perhaps we would have veered into Mussolini-style fascism, if not immediately then under the stress of the Great Depression.

I suspect Ireland would have been like South Africa today under the ANC or Putin's Russia - technically a democracy, but so dominated by one group that it's effectively a one-party state.
Ascendant is offline  
Advertisement
07-09-2018, 09:26   #36
BalcombeSt4
Registered User
 
BalcombeSt4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Bray
Posts: 1,147
I wouldn't have supported Dev but I would have supported the anti-Treaty IRA.

By 1922 Collins had pretty much became a military dictator.
BalcombeSt4 is offline  
07-09-2018, 09:29   #37
Peregrinus
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 15,684
Quote:
Originally Posted by BalcombeSt4 View Post
I wouldn't have supported Dev but I would have supported the anti-Treaty IRA.
Surely you'd have to have given up on one of these positions? How, in practice, would you hold both simultaneously?
Peregrinus is offline  
07-09-2018, 09:35   #38
BalcombeSt4
Registered User
 
BalcombeSt4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Bray
Posts: 1,147
Oh & it's no surprise that all the members of the fascist Blueshirts were made up of members who fought on the Free State side under Collins. Ireland's only really sizable fascist organization. If they had been in power during WW2 they would have ended up allying with the fascists & would have been handing over the Jewish population in Ireland over to them.

After Jewish people like Robert Briscoe were some of the main people in the Irish resistance front against the British during the Anglo-Irish war.
BalcombeSt4 is offline  
07-09-2018, 12:26   #39
pedroeibar1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 4,661
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ascendant View Post
I suspect Ireland would have been like South Africa today under the ANC or Putin's Russia - technically a democracy, but so dominated by one group that it's effectively a one-party state.

A basket case? We too had our oligarchs, an unstable currency, offshore accounts, political corruption, etc.
pedroeibar1 is offline  
Advertisement
07-09-2018, 12:33   #40
Peregrinus
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 15,684
Though we have always remained a multi-party democracy, including through period when not many countries in Europe did.
Peregrinus is offline  
Thanks from:
07-09-2018, 12:38   #41
Ascendant
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 150
Quote:
Originally Posted by pedroeibar1 View Post
A basket case? We too had our oligarchs, an unstable currency, offshore accounts, political corruption, etc.

We, at least, have the option of voting them...to make way for the new lot.
Ascendant is offline  
07-09-2018, 19:01   #42
BalcombeSt4
Registered User
 
BalcombeSt4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Bray
Posts: 1,147
Quote:
Originally Posted by Damo123 View Post
Just for the record Im not pro-dev...

But I have to say I would like to see a pro-dev film made. I know so many people whos only source for not liking the man is because of how he was depicted in the Micheal Collins film. I think thats sad.
You're spot on there mate. Most people who haven't a clue on Irish history will point to things in the 1996 film (that was rubbish) and say look at how bad Dev was. Nothing in the film about the Sinn Fein pact Collins & Dev made & no clips of Dev's popularity in America.

I can't stand Dev but that's mainly for executing sveral IRA POW's in the 40's.
BalcombeSt4 is offline  
10-09-2018, 12:00   #43
Snickers Man
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Dublin 4 (and Loike it so totally rocks, man)
Posts: 4,056
Quote:
Originally Posted by BalcombeSt4 View Post

I can't stand Dev but that's mainly for executing sveral IRA POW's in the 40's.
I'm not a Dev fan either, but he was spot on about our role, or lack of it, in WWII. His finest hour.

So he hanged a few Nazi collaborators (which is what the IRA were at the time, objectively speaking). Capital punishment was what was meted out at that time for that sort of thing.
Snickers Man is offline  
10-09-2018, 12:08   #44
Snickers Man
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Dublin 4 (and Loike it so totally rocks, man)
Posts: 4,056
The most cynical and self-regarding thing that Dev ever did was bunk out of the final Treaty negotiations with the British and leave Collins to carry the can. They both knew that the full Republic was unachievable at that time but De Valera didn't have the guts to take responsibility for accepting the reduced offer. So Collins went and knowingly "signed his own death warrant".

Interesting parallels with Britain today and the Brexit process. The hardliners know the only two options on offer are a soft Brexit with some fudged deal on customs union and a soft border with Ireland, which would be a humiliating climb down from the bombast of "taking back control"; or a "no-deal" car crash which will hurt working people hard. Far from the promises of having their cake and eating it.

So the ambitious ones are lying in the long grass and either claiming to be uninterested in the Prime Minister's job (Rees-Mogg) or swanning out of the cabinet in a fit of pique and claiming it's all about "principle" (Johnson).

A pair of De Valeras, the two of them. Let May sign whichever bad deal they eventually plump for and then come roaring into the battle for the Premiership squealing "betrayal".

Been there, done that. How "Irish" of them!
Snickers Man is offline  
(3) thanks from:
10-09-2018, 12:41   #45
Snickers Man
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Dublin 4 (and Loike it so totally rocks, man)
Posts: 4,056
Quote:
Originally Posted by BalcombeSt4 View Post
Oh & it's no surprise that all the members of the fascist Blueshirts were made up of members who fought on the Free State side under Collins. Ireland's only really sizable fascist organization. If they had been in power during WW2 they would have ended up allying with the fascists & would have been handing over the Jewish population in Ireland over to them.
I'm sorry. That's absolute bollocks!!

For a start, you're throwing the word "Fascist" around with gay abandon without being clear on what you mean by it.

The Blueshirts had nothing to do with German Nazism or Italian Fascism, both of which were radical, anticlerical, modernist movements, bitterly hostile to church intrusion in the affairs of the state, slavishly trusting of modern science and both with deep roots in Marxism and Socialism.

Mussolini in particular was an avowed leftist prior to the first World War, an editor of Avanti, the main Italian socialist newspaper for much of the 20th century. His manifesto called for nationalisation of important industries, heavy taxes on capital, a generous welfare state etc etc How left wing can you get?

Nazism too was a movement that grew out of anti-capitalist ideology and favoured the little guy over the hierarchical land owners and big business moguls. The clue's in the name National SOCIALIST German WORKERS' Party.

The Blueshirts were conservative, catholic, nationalist, land-owning patriarchs bitterly hostile to any sort of "Social interference" in family life by the state. They were much closer to Franco, for whom many of them went to fight, than Hitler or Mussolini. You can call Franco a Fascist if you like but it's a misnomer. He was a conservative, ultrareligious, nationalist, marxism-hating, authoritarian militarist thug but none of that, per se, qualifies somebody as a Fascist.

Franco could have made things very difficult for Britain in WWII had he been of similar mind to the two regimes that were indeed his military paymasters throughout the Spanish Civil War, but he chose not to. What would have happened in North Africa if he had taken Gibraltar in 1940, when Britain was on her knees and before the Soviets or Americans entered the war? How soon would the war in North Africa have been finished? How much earlier could Hitler's campaign against the Soviet Union have started if he didn't get bogged down bailing out his Italian allies in Greece and the Balkans? So why didn't he?

And how many Jews were handed over by Franco's Spain in WWII? Er, none. Ironic perhaps when you consider Spain's hysterical anti-Jewish persecutions of the late middle ages.

Bear in mind that the leader of the newly formed Fine Gael (which included the former Blueshirts) during the war actually wanted Ireland to join in on the side of THE ALLIES!! and your allegation that the Blueshirts were in cahoots with the Nazis crumble into dust.

There WERE people in Ireland who wanted to collaborate with the Nazis in WWII and some who did. Ironically, or perhaps not, these were people who had fought AGAINST Franco (Frank Ryan, Francis Stuart et al) and were still by and large supporters of the IRA. And that organisation was keen to solicit German co-operation for its goals.
Isn't history full of ironies?
Snickers Man is offline  
Post Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Remove Text Formatting
Bold
Italic
Underline

Insert Image
Wrap [QUOTE] tags around selected text
 
Decrease Size
Increase Size
Please sign up or log in to join the discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



Share Tweet