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Éamon de Valera

De Valera, photographed c. 1922–30
3rd President of Ireland
In office
25 June 1959 â€“ 24 June 1973
Taoiseach

Seán Lemass
Jack Lynch
Liam Cosgrave

Preceded by Seán T. O’Kelly
Succeeded by Erskine H. Childers
Taoiseach
In office
20 March 1957 â€“ 23 June 1959
President Seán T. O’Kelly
Tánaiste Seán Lemass
Preceded by John A. Costello
Succeeded by Seán Lemass
In office
13 June 1951 â€“ 2 June 1954
President Seán T. O’Kelly
Tánaiste Seán Lemass
Preceded by John A. Costello
Succeeded by John A. Costello
In office
29 December 1937 â€“ 18 February 1948
President

Douglas Hyde
Seán T. O’Kelly

Tánaiste

Seán T. O’Kelly
Seán Lemass

Preceded by Himself as President of the Executive Council
Succeeded by John A. Costello
Leader of the Opposition
In office
2 June 1954 â€“ 20 March 1957
President Seán T. O’Kelly
Taoiseach John A. Costello
Preceded by John A. Costello
Succeeded by John A. Costello
In office
18 February 1948 â€“ 13 June 1951
President Seán T. O’Kelly
Taoiseach John A. Costello
Preceded by Richard Mulcahy
Succeeded by John A. Costello
In office
11 August 1927 â€“ 9 March 1932
President Douglas Hyde
Taoiseach W.T. Cosgrave
Preceded by Thomas Johnson
Succeeded by W. T. Cosgrave
Leader of Fianna Fáil
In office
23 March 1926 â€“ 23 June 1959
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Seán Lemass
President of the Executive Council
In office
9 March 1932 â€“ 29 December 1937
Vice President Seán T. O’Kelly
Preceded by W. T. Cosgrave
Succeeded by Himself as Taoiseach
President of the Irish Republic
In office
26 August 1921 â€“ 9 January 1922
Preceded by Himself as President of Dáil Éireann
Succeeded by Arthur Griffith
President of Dáil Éireann
In office
1 April 1919 â€“ 26 August 1921
Preceded by Cathal Brugha
Succeeded by Himself as President of the Republic
Teachta Dála
In office
August 1922 â€“ June 1959
Constituency Clare
In office
December 1918 â€“ June 1922
Constituency Clare East
Member of Parliament
for East Clare
In office
10 July 1917 â€“ 15 November 1922
Preceded by Willie Redmond
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born George de Valero
(1882-10-14)14 October 1882
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died 29 August 1975(1975-08-29) (aged 92)
Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland
Resting place Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Other political
affiliations
Cumann na Poblachta (1922–23)
Sinn Féin (1916–22, 1923–26)
Spouse(s) Sinéad de Valera (m. 1910; d. 1975)
Children

Vivion
Máirín
Éamon
Brian
Rúaidhrí
Emer
Terence

Parents

Juan Vivion de Valera
Catherine Coll

Alma mater Royal University of Ireland
Profession Teacher
Religion Roman Catholicism

It is the duty of our men to enroll themselves in the national services. We need all our manpower for defence. For the military and… we need a quarter of a million men.
Eamon de Valera
It is indeed hard for the strong to be just to the weak, but acting justly always has its rewards.
Eamon de Valera
God has been pleased to save us during the years of war that have already passed. We pray that He may be pleased to save us to the end. But we must do our part.
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We are fully aware that, in a world at war, each set of belligerents is over ready to regard those who are not with them as against them; but the course we have followed is a just course.
Eamon de Valera
We cannot afford idleness, waste or inefficiency.
I shall strive not to be guilty of adding any fuel to the flames of hatred and passion which, if continued to be fed, promise to burn up whatever is left by the war of decent human feeling in Europe.
Eamon de Valera
If war comes upon us, it will come as a thief in the night.
Mr. Churchill is proud of Britain's stand alone, after France had fallen and before America entered the War.
Eamon de Valera
The part which American friendship played in helping us to win the freedom we enjoy in this part of Ireland has been gratefully recognized and acknowledged by our people.
Eamon de Valera
The economic and social problems would tend to become, like the military situation, more and more difficult as time went on and we became more and more isolated.
Eamon de Valera
By keeping the annuities, we could build up a national industry every years as big as the Shannon Scheme.
Eamon de Valera
Unemployment is due to the large import of goods from Britain and other countries. The Government haven't used the powers which they have for the benefit of the country.
Eamon de Valera
We hope that the plain people – the labourers and small farmers – will take this opportunity of coming together and working out the National programme.
Eamon de Valera
When we have done our best, we can, as a united people, take whatever may befall with calm courage and confidence that this old nation will survive and if death should come to many of us, death is not the end.
Eamon de Valera
If there is to be any hope of prosperity for this country it is by reversing that policy which made us simply the kitchen garden for supplying the British with cheap food.
Eamon de Valera
From the moment this war began, there was, for this state, only one policy possible, neutrality.
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Here, in Cork district, you have in combination all the dangers which war can inflict.
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Since this war began our sympathy has gone out to all the suffering people who have been dragged into it. Further hundreds of millions have become involved since I spoke at Limerick fortnight ago.
Eamon de Valera
We, of our time, have played our part in the perseverance, and we have pledged ourselves to the dead generations who have preserved intact for us this glorious heritage, that we, too, will strive to be faithful to the end, and pass on this tradition unblemished.
Eamon de Valera