Sean Lemass – Democratic Dictator

Bryce Evans Collins Press

Sunday Independent 18 September 2011

In many ways, the Taoiseach’s job came too late for Sean Lemass. He was only there a few years before ill-health took hold and he was gone by 1966. Evans rightly stressed that it was during this era, of the fast-changing Sixties, that Fianna Fail became the party of big business and enterprise, although still amazingly managing to offer itself as the movement of the “small man”. Lemass embodied both, and presented himself, in that classic Irish way, as both rebel and conservative.