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Conservative revolutionaries: 1923-32
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The formal split with Sinn Fein came in March 1926 and Fianna Fail, 'the Republican Party', was officially launched at the La Scala Theatre in Dublin on 16 May. The party's organisational success was instantaneous. In the late 1920s and the early 1930s, the political and, particularly, the economic policies of Fianna Fail attracted the support of the rural small farmer. Cumann na nGaedheal was complacent in its attitude towards the relationship between the government and the party organisation. A strong party organisation should have been a means of testing public opinion. The underlying social infrastructure of a conservative, possessor ethic, agricultural society did not reflect the traditional working-class support base of the party. Although the elected Labour deputies proved themselves to be capable parliamentarians in the Dail, internal party divisions and the splintering of the trade union movement hindered Labour's ability to win significant political appeal.

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The west must wait

County Galway and the Irish Free State 1922–32


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