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FREE STATE CORRUPTIONS AT THE
Thousands of “Dead” Who Voted
O’DUFFY’S AMAZING ALLEGATIONS
By Gareth Jones
leader of the United Ireland Party and of the Blue shirts, received me to-day,
and told me that the Blue Shirts were ‘capturing the imagination of the
Referring to his
“100.000 young men,” O’Duffy said, “We are not armed, and the accusation
that I have been supporting gun-running is as false as the statement made by Mr.
de Valera that Gen. Mulcahy had had secret negotiations with the British War
Minister at Glasgow.
slander is the statement that I am aiming at a dictatorship. I am for democratic
rule. The Government is now playing to the worst instincts of the mob.
They are now buying the mob by doles. Another way in which the Government
rules is by corrupt electoral methods. Many thousands of people long dead
and thousands who were in hospitals were able to cast votes for de Valera in the
last election by dishonest impersonation. Some supporters of de Valera
voted 30 times each, masquerading as persons who had died but whose names still
remained on the registers. Many youngsters below legal voting age cast
their votes for de Valera.
citizens are being intimidated and the I.R.A. is dealing a blow at ordered
NEW PARTY’S POLICY
I asked Gen.
O’Duffy about his policy towards Great Britain. He said: “Great
Britain provides the best market for Irish products, and our economic links with
Britain are very strong indeed.
“I think it
good business to accept free partnership in the British Commonwealth, and it is
sheer economic madness to antagonise our best customer.”
I then asked Gen.
O’Duffy what the United Ireland Party would do if it got into power, and be
said: “We will negotiate the settlement of the financial and economic dispute
with Great Britain on the basis of sound economic facts. Great Britain is
our finest and almost our only market. While Mr. de Valera is quarrelling
the Danes, the Argentinians, and others are capturing the trade, and before long
there will be little left for us.
Ireland Party wants to put an end to the disastrous economic warfare and reach
an honourable settlement, fair to both sides.”
Speaking of de
Valera’s policy, Gen. O’Duffy said: “He has brought disaster upon the
farmers of the country. He cannot get cash for the payment of his rates
and taxes and so the finances of the country have fallen into disorder.”
Gen. O’Duffy added that the new
party had schemes for putting the unemployed to work on roads, housing, &c.
in conclusion, he said: “The United Ireland Party and the Blue Shirts are
striving for a united country, where corruption, intimidation, and economic
warfare will cease, and where we can build up an honourable, law-abiding, and
prosperous Irish State.”