Coogin worked at de Valera's newspaper and had access to some of the historical actors as well as all the archival information.

After two years of violence, a truce was agreed and a treaty with the British negotiated by a Sinn Fein deputation, which de Valera chose not to join. De Valera and Collins would later become opponents during the Irish Civil War. Michael Collins was able to increase military operations when de Valera went to the US. Their elected president, Eamon de Valera, and vice president, Arthur Griffith, were both in prison.

And it will be recorded at my expense." Collins was also the military commander (De Valera despite 1916 was not) and was also well aware that while the IRA had not 'lost' the war they had far from 'won' it either. De Valera left day-to-day government, during his eighteen-month absence in the United States, to Michael Collins, his 29-year-old Minister for Finance.

Although a life-long admirer of Eamon de Valera, Jack Lynch who succeeded Sean Lemass as leader of the Fianna Fail Party and Taoiseach (1966-1973 ; 1977-79), recognises that to a large extent de Valera and Collins shared the same views, philosophies and ideals. 64 Copy quote It is indeed hard for the strong to be just to the weak, but acting justly always has its rewards.

Directed by Neil Jordan. Collins secured a compromise, "The Collins/De Valera Pact", whereby the two factions of Sinn Féin, pro- and anti-Treaty, would fight the soon-to-be Free State's first election jointly and form a coalition government afterwards. So, if you are interested, it is a great read. Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War. "In the fullness of time," de Valera said in 1966, "history will record the greatness of Michael Collins. "Michael Collins : A Biography" by Tim Pat Coogan, (p. 432), 1990.

Hence, much responsibility fell on Collins, who became first the Dáil’s minister of home affairs and, after arranging for de Valera’s escape from Lincoln jail (February 1919), minister of finance. de Valera was possibly the central character in this history so his story is critical to an understanding of Ireland.

John Farmer is a Star-Ledger columnist. With Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Ian Hart. While both sides threatened further military action only the British were well placed to actually take action. There has been speculation about this, such as in director Neil Jordan's biopic, “Michael Collins,” but no hard evidence to back up this theory. One of the myths he explodes is the one propagated in Neil Jordan's hit 1996 movie Michael Collins which painted De Valera as the brains behind Béal na Bláth.

De Valera, having opposed the Treaty in the Dáil, withdrew from the assembly with his supporters.