18/02/1948 Irish prime minister, Eamon de Valera, resigns after 16 years
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DE VALERA RETIRES
De Valera (1936)
INAUGURATION OF DE VALERA AS PRESIDENT
De Valera Funeral - 1975
In the 1948 election, de Valera lost the outright majority he'd enjoyed. It initially looked like the National Labour Party would give Fianna Fáil enough support to stay in office as a minority government, but National Labour insisted on a formal coalition agreement—something de Valera was unwilling to concede.
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