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    Default How Close Were We To An Army Coup In 1932?

    The army is given a great deal of credit for facilitating a peaceful transfer of power to De Valera and his party in the wake of the GE in 1932! But was a military coup ever even remotely likely?
    Indeed has there ever been a real threat of it happening here? Oliver J rather famously said in the 80s that the country had never been more ripe for a coup than in that very decade (80s)!

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    Yeah the thirties were interesting. Coups everywhere in Europe. I guess there just wasnt a need for one here , given that 'benign fascists' were in power and still are in my view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lando Calrissian View Post
    Yeah the thirties were interesting. Coups everywhere in Europe. I guess there just wasnt a need for one here , given that 'benign fascists' were in power and still are in my view.
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    is the answer 3ft?
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    Ireland has been one of the worlds most stable democracies since 1922. I doubt a military coupl was ever been seriously considered by the army top brass in 1932.

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Urko View Post
    The army is given a great deal of credit for facilitating a peaceful transfer of power to De Valera and his party in the wake of the GE in 1932! But was a military coup ever even remotely likely?
    Indeed has there ever been a real threat of it happening here? Oliver J rather famously said in the 80s that the country had never been more ripe for a coup than in that very decade (80s)!
    The response to the "mutiny" in 1924 more or less brought the Army to heel.

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    By all accounts the army offered to keep Cosgrave in power but Cosgrave refused. So yes I think we were quite close and that had it been someone like (had he not died in 1927) Kevin O'Higgins in power we may well have had a coup.
    Fair and Balanced

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