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Elections: 1927-32
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The plethora of small parties and interest groups that contended the June 1927 general election indicated a growing dissatisfaction with the economic and social conservatism of the James Cosgrave regime. James Cosgrave, the former independent deputy, ran for the new Irish National League Party and T. J. O'Connell, the outgoing Labour deputy, contested the Mayo South constituency. The party ambitiously ran four candidates in Galway, including two former Irish Party members, James Cosgrave, MP for east Galwa, and William Duffy, MP for south Galway. Fianna Fail grasped the opportunity at the local elections of June 1928 to promote and advance the party organisation. The September election would not be a battle of pro- or anti-state legitimacies, but a contest between two rival programmes for government. During the election campaign, few speeches were reported in the columns of the local press and scarcely any predictions were offered.

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The west must wait

County Galway and the Irish Free State 1922–32


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