In 1932, Fianna Fáil set out to win the hearts of the marginalised, and prevailed

In 1932, Fianna Fáil set out to win the hearts of the marginalised, and prevailed
Is Donald Trump exactly like our own de Valera? Pic: Getty

Dev, like Trump, took power through the disaffected

Donald Trump is the new Fianna Fáil. This assertion is not a criticism of either but, rather, a defence of populism and an antipathy toward the new liberal doctrine. Ireland’s 1932 election was fought on strikingly similar grounds to the US election this year.

Cumann na nGaedheal had been in power for ten years, and was the embodiment of the political and economic elite. The 1929 Wall Street crash was deeply felt in Ireland....

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