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Lot 485/0224

SOLD Hammer price: €425, Estimate: €500-700


Removal from Commissionership

A very good T.L.S. from William T. Cosgrave, on his headed personal notepaper, 25 Feb. 1933, to General O’Duffy, ‘I find it difficult to express in words my regret that your Office as Commissioner of the Garda Siohana has been terminated. The splendid traditions which distinguished your association with that disciplined, efficient and brave body of men will ever be remembered with affection, gratitude and satisfaction by the patriotic citizens of this State, You were father, guardian, counsellor and confidant of the officers and men under your charge.’
With the printed report of the Dail debates on 14-16 March 1933, concerning O’Duffy’s removal (by the Fianna Fail government headed by De Valera), some sections underlined by O’Duffy; also a page from O’Duffy’s desk diary for February 1933, with a note of his meeting with President (de Valera), when he was informed of the decision to remove him from the Commissionership; seven pages of manuscript notes in O’Duffy’s hand concerning his removal; correspondence about the seizure of Gen. O’Duffy’s revolver, 1934, etc; and a collection of related press cuttings.

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