“Meeting at Ennis, County Clare, applauds Fianna Fail leader’s fighting speech in open air.”
Clare TD Eamon de Valera speaking in O’Connell Square, Ennis, Co. Clare, in 1938.
In November 1926, Fianna Fail held its first Ard-Fheis and de Valera was elected President of the new organisation. In the general election of June 1927, his party won 44 seats and Cumann na nGaedhael won 47 seats which was a large drop for them.
When de Valera and his fellow Fianna Fail deputies arrived at Leinster House, they were refused permission to take their seats unless they first took the oath. They then retired and Cumann na nGaedhael formed the government.
De Valera’s Fianna Fáil took power in 1932, 1933, 1937 and again in 1938.
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