The twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, County Donegal, Eire, welcomed Premier De Valera in grand style, May, 16, on his last tour as Irish Premier.
The twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, County Donegal, Eire, welcomed Premier De Valera in grand style, May, 16, on his last tour as Irish Premier. He resigns later this week from the Dail - Eire Parliament - to start his campaign as presidential candidate.
A score or more of ex-IRA soldiers, who fought with 'Dev' against Britain in 1916, formed a guard of honour. Banners spanned the streets and flags were hanging almost everywhere. One slogan was "Long Live our Leader".
So many people were unable to obtain admission to the packed hall where he spoke that a loud speaker was fixed up. De Valera went outside to speak to the overflow before making his main speech.
This week-end visit was one of a series 'Dev' has conducted in support of an amendment to the Constitution to introduce single seat constituency voting in place of proportionate representation.
At Ballybofey he attacked P.R. as a danger to democracy and a tool of backstair intrigue, "In the 1948 election the other parties - the then Parliamentary Opposition - who went before the people had not told their supporters that they would join up with any other group to form a Coalition, but when the election was over they met behind the backs of the people and formed a Government..... These parties, therefore, were depriving the people of their fundamental right, which, in time of election, was to examine the policies put before them."
He said that under proportionate representation there were changes of Government on the Continent every few months, in some cases. "This amendment is being brought in because we are convinced that the change will give more stable and better government in the future."