I ask you do WT Cosgrave and Cummann na nGaedhael get enough credit for the founding of the state 1922-1932? Remember the backdrop they faced when founding the state in 1922. An ongoing civil war, the country split down the middle, lives being lost on a high scale for a small population and poor infrastructure due to the War of Independence and the Civil War.
There were the huge positives
Winning the civil war in 1923(no doubt FFers will say the anti treaty side just stopped fighting when they actually lost)
The setting up of ESB in 1927
Joining the League of Nations and gaining some diplomatic independence from Britain
Balanced budgets throughout the tenure, rare in this state's existence
The setting up of the Irish Sugar Company and the Agricultural Credit Corporation
The Land Act which gave farmers the chance to buy their land after a long time renting/being at the mercy of landlords.
Even the Act brought in 1927 to force Fianna Fáil into the Dail was a brave move by Cosgrave which showed he had the country and not party politics at heart.
Of course there were the negatives like the cut to the Old Age pension by Ernest Blythe and the high unemployment and emigration towards the end of the 1920s.
When Cosgrave and Cumann na nGaedhael left government in 1932 having handed power over peacefully to old rivals FF when many anticipated warfare , the seeds had been sown for a democracy and a peaceful enough state with infrastructure in place.
It's rare to hear Cosgrave's name mentioned in the echelons of great taoisigh. Maybe it's the long passing of time or the bad memories towards the end of his government that have erased the good done earlier in the government term.