Judging Dev - Listen
A ten part series that re-evaluates Eamon De Valera and his legacy from a 21st century perspective.
RTÉ Radio 1 - FM Only
Producer: Peter Mooney
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Programme 1: 28th October 2007
Soldier, prisoner and survivor
Involvement in 1916, his status as the sole surviving commandant of the 1916 Rising, and his subsequent emergence as leader of Sinn Féin.
Prof. Michael Laffan,
Dept of History and Archives,
University College Dublin
Prof. Charles Townshend,
Programme 2: 4th November 2007
Revolution and the great absence
His role in the War of Independence, his controversial absence from the Treaty Negotiations and the slide to Civil War.
Guests: Owen Dudley Edwards and Tom Garvin
Programme 3: 11th November 2007
Comeback and Rise to Power
Formation of Fianna Fáil, taking power in 1932, dominance in the 1930s, conduct of Anglo-Irish relations and the 1937 Constitution.
Guests: Peter Mair and Richard English
Programme 4: 18th November 2007
International Statesman and Guardian of Neutrality
His view of Ireland's role in the world, the League of Nations, the real meaning of Irish neutrality
Guests: Eunan O'Hailpín and Claire Wills
Programme 5: 25th November 2007
Elder Statesman, the fourth green field.
Failure to reunite Ireland, the bleak 1950s and emigration, his replacement by Sean Lemass
Guests: Margaret McCurtain and Gearóid O'Tuathaigh
Programme 6: 2nd December 2007
Comely maidens and De Valera's Cultural vision.
His 'comely maidens' vision and attitude to women, The Irish Press, the Irish Language and attitude to sport, entertainment and RTÉ
Guests: Caitríona Crowe and Caitríona Clear
Programme 7: 9th December 2007
Private lives and loves
The private correspondence, his prison and love letters, the devotion of his staff and his personal traits
Programme 8: 16th December 2007
The Contested Legacy (part 1)
Why was he the man so many could not forgive? Was he the barrier to modernisation or the champion of true independence?
Programme 9: 23rd December 2007
The Contested Legacy (part 2)
How did he want to be remembered? What did he leave out of his archive and has access to the archive changed our view of him.
Programme 10: 30th December 2007