As the above line says why did FF dominate Irish politics for so long? I know a large part has to do with the catch all nature of FF and organisation on the ground but how did they get into that position of power?
The pro treaty side that eventually formed Cumann na nGaedheal which later became Fine Gael won both the Dáil vote and later the Civil War so why did so many jump ship?
Did people lose faith in Fine Gael due to its economic policies as opposed to Dev's protectionism? Where most people sold by the republican line that FF spouted?