Sinn Féin Revolutionary, Fianna Fáil Nationalist and Revisionist Zionist
Chapter 10: 1954–1969 - Epilogue: A Political and Personal Swansong
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1954–1969 Epilogue: A Political and Personal Swansong
In many respects, Briscoe’s partially successful representation on behalf of Jewish families in the spring of 1953 marked the end of his active engagement with the Jewish tragedy. He would of course always be more than a passive observer when it came to the welfare of the Jewish diaspora and the new the Israeli state, however, from now on, he would increasingly re-engage with the Fianna Fáil national project. This was primarily focused on an unrelenting personal devotion to Ėamon de Valera, who Briscoe believed without reservation had facilitated his immigration and Zionist endeavours. He understood that as a Jewish TD, it was difficult, if not impossible to achieve ministerial rank in twentieth-century Catholic nationalist Ireland. He never blamed de Valera for this and had always supported ‘The Chief’ in every political decision, even when he did not personally agree with it. This was evident in Briscoe’s speech to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the founding of Fianna Fáil in 1951, he spoke almost lovingly about de Valera:
An organisation founded by the greatest of our people who emerged from the war against the British and our unfortunate Civil War. It is also a wonderful happy thing to be able to say that most of those who were prominent in the founding of this Organisation are still with us, with the same understanding and acceptance of the fundamentals and...
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