Conclusion: Peace in the Free State? 1932–1937
The conclusion examines the Free State after Eamon de Valera’s election as president and his almost immediate move to abolish imperial vestiges from the Treaty, like the oath of allegiance, within the Irish government. He took an even more ambivalent and disinterested stance on Great War remembrance than his predecessor. This shift in political power to Fianna Fáil encouraged republicans in their hope that the remaining imperial events and symbols would be eradicated. When this did not happen republicans took matters into their own hands wreaking havoc on would-be commemorators. By the mid-1930s any room for negotiating a place for the Great War and its veterans in the Free State had dissipated in the face of republican anger, official disinterest, and stonewalling.