Eamon de Valera's Response to Winston Churchill

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Towards the end of the Second World War, Winston Churchill, in his Victory in Europe Day speech broadcast to the world, was critical of Taoiseach Eamon de Valera and Ireland's policy of neutrality throughout the war. Three days later, de Valera, in a much anticipated reply, outlined Ireland's right as an independent state to remain neutral. His response was praised widely in Ireland for its strength, dignity and restraint.

  • Title
    Eamon de Valera's Response to Winston Churchill
  • 1st Broadcast
    16/05/1945
  • Clip Duration
    00:07:09
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    Eamon de Valera's Response to Winston Churchill
  • Extended description

    In this extract from de Valera's broadcast, he gives credit to Churchill for not violating Irish neutrality. To illustrate his decisions on neutrality, de Valera poses a hypothetical question: if Germany had won the war and occupied England for a number of years, finally giving freedom to England with the exception of six southern counties, would Churchill be prepared to "lead this partitioned England to join with Germany in a crusade..."

  • Information

    The photograph accompanying this clip shows Eamon de Valera in 1932.

    © RTÉ Stills Library 0504/093

    The photographer was Joseph Cashman.

  • Local keywords
    Politics, Eamon de Valera, Winston Churchill, World War 2, Emergency
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, England, Europe
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • First broadcast channel
    Radio Éireann
  • Production year
    1945
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BB2423
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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