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Propaganda, Censorship and Irish Neutrality in the Second World War$
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Robert Cole

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622771

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622771.001.0001

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‘Éamon Who?’: January 1944—May 1945

‘Éamon Who?’: January 1944—May 1945

(p.165) 9 ‘Éamon Who?’: January 1944—May 1945
Propaganda, Censorship and Irish Neutrality in the Second World War

Robert Cole

Edinburgh University Press

Éamon de Valera regularly played the partition card in defending neutrality, but not always wisely. In Limerick, in March 1944, he called for abolishing English in Eire as ‘the language of the conqueror’. Eire neutrality had its costs. De Valera went on air in response to justify neutrality and criticise Winston Churchill, and Britain was requested to provide facilities to rebroadcast the speech to the United States. There was the demand for expelling Axis legations from Eire, which de Valera refused, and Axis espionage. Public opinion regarding Eire neutrality was of concern to the UK government. 1944–1945 saw no downturn in the war of words, either in terms of controversy between the Eire and Allied governments or in the official propaganda war. The war of words over neutrality waged by those who were in the shooting war would never completely end.

Keywords:   Éamon de Valera, Eire neutrality, Allied government, Winston Churchill, Britain, Axis legations, war of words

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