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The End of the Irish Poor Law?: Welfare and healthcare reform in revolutionary and independent Ireland

Donnacha Seán Lucey


This book explores welfare provision in Ireland from the revolutionary period to the 1940s, This work is a significant addition to the growing historiography of twentieth-century Ireland which moves beyond political history. It demonstrates that concepts of respectability, deservingness, and social class where central dynamics in Irish society and welfare practices. This book provides the first major study of local welfare practices, policies, and attitudes towards poverty and the poor in this era. This book’s exploration of the poor law during revolutionary and independent Ireland provides fr ... More

Keywords: Irish Revolution, Irish Free State, Poor Law Reform, workhouses county homes, hospitals, mother and baby homes, unmarried mothers, boarded-out children, undeserving poor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719087578
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087578.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donnacha Seán Lucey, author
Queen's University Belfast