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Judges, politics and the Irish Constitution$
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Laura Cahillane, James Gallen, and Tom Hickey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526114556

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526114556.001.0001

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The Irish Constitution ‘from below’: squatting families versus property rights in Dublin, 1967–71

The Irish Constitution ‘from below’: squatting families versus property rights in Dublin, 1967–71

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(p.169) 11 The Irish Constitution ‘from below’: squatting families versus property rights in Dublin, 1967–71
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Judges, politics and the Irish Constitution
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Thomas Murray

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526114556.003.0012

Thomas Murray’s chapter draws on a critical social theory of law and a range of qualitatively rich primary sources to incorporate heretofore neglected social movement voices into a more complex account of constitutional development in Ireland. The chapter concentrates on the political practices and discourses at stake in a single moment of conflict when property rights were contested from below, specifically the squatting campaigns of the Dublin Housing Action Committee (D.H.A.C.) in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Murray aims to open up a broader terrain of debate about constitutional development and judicial power in Ireland than conventional studies of case-law, legislation or parliamentary politics would suggest.

Keywords:   Legal history, critical theory, social theory, housing, judicial power

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