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The Fourth EstateJournalism in Twentieth-Century Ireland$
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Mark O'Brien

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096136

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096136.001.0001

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A red republic

A red republic

(p.75) 5 A red republic
The Fourth Estate

Mark O'Brien

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the 1950s, a decade of rancorous division among journalists. Alongside economic depression and political instability and against the backdrop of the Cold War came church-fuelled allegations of communism within Dublin journalism. The red-scare that followed exposed deep divisions within the formally untied ranks of the union and the declaration of a republic in 1949 led some journalists to object to being represented by a London-based trade union. Thus emerged the short-lived, but extremely divisive, Guild of Irish Journalists. It was, in some respects, a last attempt by political parties and the church to re-assert control over journalists in Ireland.

Keywords:   Communism, Catholic Church, National Union of Journalists, Guild of Irish Journalists, Red scare, The Standard

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