the title of the visitors’ book is significant. According to Professor Patrick O’Farrell, the mission adopted the practice of calling itself the ‘Irish Legation’ to further emphasise its distinctive status
Fanning is quick to point out that Dev ‘remains the most divisive figure in the history of modern Ireland’ (p 1). Fanning considers de Valera’s ‘culpability for the Irish Civil War…irrefutable’.
..his study covers what could arguably be the most significant and influential period of O’Faoláin’s writing and fledgling political and journalistic life.