Published in 20th-century / Contemporary History, Issue 3 (May/June 2012), Letters, Volume 20

Sir,—I wish to note a correction of an error in my book The Cosgrave Party: a history of Cumann na nGaedheal, 1923–33. In reference to Anthony Jordan’s W.T. Cosgrave, 1880–1965: founder of modern Ireland (Westport Books, 2006), line four of page 186 currently reads: ‘Anthony Jordan wrongly claims that Fianna Fáil won five seats. [footnote 123] The reality was that the increases in votes did not translate into seat gains; rather both parties retained the seats that they had won in September 1927’. It should instead read: ‘As Anthony Jordan has pointed out, Fianna Fáil gained an extra seat. [same footnote 123]’. Both myself as the author and the Royal Irish Academy regret the error in the printed work, and wish to apologise to Anthony Jordan.—Yours etc.,



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