American Rhetoric: Movie Speech
"Michael Collins" (1996)
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Eamon de Valera Sends Michael Collins to London for Treaty Negotiations
Collins: What? You must be joking. No. I won't do it. I'm not a politician. I'm not going to London.
Sinn Féin Cabinet Member: You're the strongest card we have.
Collins: They call me an assassin and a murderer for Christ's sake. Can you even see Churchill shaking my hand?
de Valera: We broached it with them. We've had no objections.
Collins: You go, Dev. You're the statesman. You've got some sense of how far we can push them. They know you.
de Valera: That's the whole point: They don't know you.
de Valera: You'll head our team, Michael. To negotiate a treaty for the first time in history between Ireland and England. We need to keep a final arbitrator in reserve.
Collins: And that'll be you.
de Valera: That will be the Irish people -- and me, as President of the Irish Republic.
Archival Footage of Collins' Funeral