Éamon de Valera has a complex legacy. He is one of Ireland's greatest statesmen, and his long political career defined Ireland's politics following independence. As a participant in the Easter Rising and President of Dáil Éireann during the Anglo-Irish War, his dedication to Irish independence cannot be questioned. However, his role in the Irish Civil War is controversial, and his reputation has suffered over time in comparison to his Civil War rival Michael Collins. His economic policies held Ireland back, while Ireland's neutrality during World War II damaged the country's reputation on the global stage.

Eamon de Valera: Week

Éamon de Valera

Further reading:

Diarmaid Ferriter, Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the Life and Legacy of Eamon de Valera (2007)

Tim Pat Coogan, Eamon de Valera: The Man Who Was Ireland (1993)

T. Ryle Dwyer, Big Fellow, Long Fellow: A Joint Biography of Collins and de Valera (1998)

Eds. J.P. O’Carroll and John A Murphy De Valera and his Times (1983)

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