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The End of the Irish Poor Law?Welfare and healthcare reform in revolutionary and independent Ireland$
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Donnacha Seán Lucey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087578

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087578.001.0001

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The poor law and the Irish revolution

The poor law and the Irish revolution

the case of the Cork workhouse

(p.13) 1 The poor law and the Irish revolution
The End of the Irish Poor Law?

Donnacha Seán Lucey

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines attempts to reform the poor law during the Irish Revolution (1918-23). It explores attitudes among advanced nationalists towards the poor and recipients of poor relief and identifies that ideas relating to the deserving and undeserving poor were widely ascribed to. Such beliefs came to the fore when advanced nationalists began administering and reforming the poor law and workhouse system in Cork. This chapter examines how welfare regimes implemented by Cork revolutionaries targeted those considered the undeserving poor. However, tensions within the wider advanced nationalist movement over the treatment of the poor existed and this chapter explores such fissures within republicanism which have not been previously identified.

Keywords:   Cork vice-guardians, Sinn Fein, workhouse conditions, paupers, Dail Eireann, undeserving poor

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