The actions of Taoiseach Éamon de Valera raise concerns about Ireland's neutrality both nationally and internationally.

On 2 May 1945 the 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.

Fifty years later, reporter, writer, and historian, Joe Carroll spoke to RTÉ News 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 says that the world could not understand what the motivation was 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. The reporter is Nick Coffey.