Sinn Féin Revolutionary, Fianna Fáil Nationalist and Revisionist Zionist
Chapter 5: 1932–1934 - Zionist Awakening: The Nazi Machtergreifung and Jewish Persecution
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1932–1934 Zionist Awakening: The Nazi Machtergreifung and Jewish Persecution
Although the rise of Hitler had jolted Briscoe out of a dislocation from global Jewish concerns, he was forced to refocus on parochial concerns by the forthcoming Irish election scheduled for February 1932. He was determined to not merely hold his own seat, but ensure Fianna Fáil win the election by tirelessly extolling the benefits it would bestow on the poverty stricken and neglected working-class, telling his constituents that ‘Fianna Fáil would tackle the housing problem’ and provide accommodation at affordable rents’.1
After a bitter campaign that was grounded in an extraordinary level of personal vitriol between the candidates, the General Election was held on 16 February 1932. It was a momentous one for Fianna Fáil, as it underscored the meteoric rise of the organization, which secured 44 per cent of first-preference votes which secured an extra fifteen seats on its performance in the 1927 election.2 Despite its phenomenal electoral success, the party was still five seats short of the magical figure of seventy-seven that would have given it an overall majority. De Valera overcame this deficit by securing the support of a drastically reduced Labour Party, and Fianna Fáil was for the first time in its short history, set to govern.3 On 9 March 1932 Briscoe, who had retained his seat in Dublin South with a slight increase ← 67 | 68 → in his personal vote...
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