De Valera's actions raise concerns about Ireland's neutrality both nationally and internationally.

On 2 May 1945, the then Taoiseach Éamon de Valera visited the German Embassy to convey his condolences at the death of Adolf Hitler. The move evoked a storm of controversy and outrage at home and abroad. 

50 years later, reporter, writer, and historian, Joe Carroll spoke to reporter Nick Coffey about Éamon de Valera's controversial visit to the home of German Ambassador Eduard Hempel.  

He knew there would be bad reaction. But I don't think he anticipated how bad the reaction was going to be. 

Joe Carroll comments on the reaction stating that the world could not understand what was the motivation for an act which ultimately did damage to the reputation of the Taoiseach and the country.

Joe Carroll is the author of 'Ireland in the War Years'.

Adolf Hitler died on 30 April 1945.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 May 1995.