National Corporate Party

National Corporate Party
Páirtí Náisiúnta Corparáidíoch
Leader Eoin O'Duffy
Founded 1935 (1935)
Dissolved 1937 (1937)
Split from Fine Gael
Headquarters Dublin
Paramilitary wing Greenshirts
Ideology Irish nationalism
Fascist corporatism
Clerical fascism
Political position Far-right
Religion Roman Catholicism
International affiliation Fascist International
Colours      Green
Party flag

The National Corporate Party (Irish: Páirtí Náisiúnta Corparáidíoch, PNC) was a fascist political party in Ireland founded by General Eoin O'Duffy in June 1935 at a meeting of 500.[1][2] It split from Fine Gael when O'Duffy was removed as leader of that party, which had been founded by the merger of O'Duffy's Blueshirts, formally known as the National Guard or Army Comrades Association, with Cumann na nGaedheal, and the National Centre Party.[3]

The National Corporate Party wished to establish a corporate state in Ireland and was strongly anti-communist.[3] Its military wing was the Greenshirts.[3] The party raised funds through public dances. [4]

It failed to gain much support however, with the majority of Fine Gael members remaining loyal to that party and O'Duffy only securing a handful of loyal supporters for his group.[5]

O'Duffy left Ireland in 1936 to become involved in the Spanish Civil War, a fact which led to further decline in the National Corporate Party.[5] The party was defunct by 1937.[3]

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