This chapter examines the change in Eoin O'Duffy's optimistic belief in the Garda Síochána's ability to shape a new moral order in Ireland during the early 1930s. It suggests that O'Duffy's pessimism about his country's future and his growing belief that only radical measures could redeem its people influenced his trajectory towards the political extremism he embraced in the 1930s. The chapter discusses the revival of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), the growing tensions between O'Duffy and the government, and the victory of Fianna Fáil in the 1932 general election, and evaluates their impact on O'Duffy's political views.
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