Who do you think has been Ireland's greatest Taoiseach?

Who do you think has been Ireland's greatest Taoiseach?

  • William T. Cosgrave

    Votes: 86 14.5%
  • Eamon de Valera

    Votes: 42 7.1%
  • John A. Costello

    Votes: 12 2.0%
  • Sean Lemass

    Votes: 224 37.8%
  • Jack Lynch

    Votes: 21 3.5%
  • Liam Cosgrave

    Votes: 15 2.5%
  • Charles J. Haughey

    Votes: 18 3.0%
  • Garret Fitzgerald

    Votes: 64 10.8%
  • Albert Reynolds

    Votes: 29 4.9%
  • John Bruton

    Votes: 35 5.9%
  • Bertie Ahern

    Votes: 22 3.7%
  • Brian Cowen

    Votes: 24 4.1%

  • Total voters
    592
  • Poll closed .
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Politics.ie is conducting a poll to see who you think has been Ireland's greatest Taoiseach.

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spotty

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I voted for Charlie. Because he was the most able, and reform minded. The fact that he was a charlatan doesn't bother me so much. Most politicians are.
 

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Can we not just have a who was the worst? It would be lot more competitive.
 

just4ever

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I voted for Charlie. Because he was the most able, and reform minded. The fact that he was a charlatan doesn't bother me so much. Most politicians are.
Thank you for displaying your ignorance so clearly.
 

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I think haughey may well have been the cleverest and most politically able of the bunch, but his personal vanities and greed got in the way of him being an effective pubklic servant.
I think there are only two taoiseach have been significantly good., cosgrave the first and lemass.

The first Cosgarve saved democracy and establsihed the fledgling state as an indepedent entity and didnt misue the power he was granted.
Lemass treid top open the doors of reform

I have votedfor cosgarve, his problems were greater, his instincts better
 

rebelkell

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Thats an easy one its clearly Jack Lynch
Sure he was a crap leader but he won 6 all ireland medals 6 years in a row
The others are just crap leaders who didn't do that
 

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Can we have a thread leading to a poll on "Greatest Taoiseach We Never Had"? (not necessarily limited to historical politicians either, maybe, just to liven it up a bit)

That one might be fun.

The list of options on this one is fairly depressing.
 

ifreannach

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err, i abstain on grounds of their incompetence to perform their duties, wait they did perform their duty to their masters who unfortunately were not the irish people

and anyways who gives a fvck about any of them......all scum, dance on all their graves
 

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I would say DeValera. His longevity, keeping the right-left divide in check in the 30s, and keeping Ireland out of the war were his greatest accomplishments.
 

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I don't see how one can use the superlative "greatest". I have voted on the basis of the "least worst". Albert
 

rebelkell

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I would say DeValera. His longevity, keeping the right-left divide in check in the 30s, and keeping Ireland out of the war were his greatest accomplishments.
And of course his condolences to the germans on the death of hitler not being too far unrelated to the anti semetic rantings that are all to common now in ireland
 

ifreannach

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why isnt there an option for none? jeez this is why i dont do polls, always loaded
 

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W T Cosgrave was never Taoiseach. He was "President of the Executive Council" AFAIK. The office was taoiseach only came in with the 1937 constitution.
 

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John A Costello for managing the ultimate rainbow gov. Lemass & WT would be up there and Albert was pragmatic in terms of the peace process but not the beef tribunal.
 

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W.T. Cosgrave. He had the hardest job of the lot and he pulled it off brilliantly. His government ran out of steam after 1927, but from 1922 to 1927 it was brilliant and achieved far more then any other government in far more difficult circumstances. If only we could have a man like him in charge today.
 

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For me it has to be WT Cosgrave. His government took over a lawess country that was decimated by the War Of Independence and being ravaged by a savage civil war. Out of those ruins a stable democracy was created that has stood the test of time.

I don't seek to diminish the contribution of his sucessors but no subsequent govenment has come close to the scale of this achievement.
 


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