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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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Child welfare and local authorities

Child welfare and local authorities

(p.119) 4 Child welfare and local authorities
The End of the Irish Poor Law?

Donnacha Seán Lucey

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines local authority child welfare policies in the Irish Free State. It explores debates whether the institutionalisation of children in industrial schools or the boarding out in family homes was preferable, which were prevalent with both local and central government. It highlights that biasness against unwed mothers, lone fathers and the underserving poor existed in local authority child welfare. However, the chapter also identifies more positive policies particularly relating to boarding-out. This measure was times utilised to maintain children within their wider family if not their parents.

Keywords:   Industrial schools, boarding-out, child poverty and welfare, social control

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