Book Details
Mandatory Fields
Donnacha Seán Lucey
The End of the Irish Poor Law?: Welfare and Healthcare Reform in Revolutionary and Independent Ireland
Manchester University Press
Optional Fields
Irish Poor Law, workhouses, county homes, hospitals, Irish Free State, healthcare, welfare, poverty
This book examines Irish poor law reform during the Irish revolution and Irish Free State. It is a significant addition to the growing historiography of twentieth-century Ireland which moves beyond political history, and demonstrates that concepts of respectability, social class, and deservingness were central dynamics in Irish society. This book provides the first major study of local welfare practices and policies. This work examines local public assistance regimes, institutional and child welfare, and hospital care. It charts the transformation of workhouses into a network of local authority welfare and healthcare institutions including county homes, county and district hospital hospitals, and mother and baby homes. The book’s exploration of welfare and healthcare during revolutionary and independent Ireland provides fresh and original insights into this critical juncture in Irish history. The book will appeal to Irish historians and those with interests in welfare, the poor law, and the social history of medicine and institutions.
Grant Details
Irish Research Council