The Young Fine Gael National Conference was held in Waterford this weekend (22-24 November). National Youth Officer Sarah O’Connor invited me to give the pre-dinner speech on Saturday evening. Drawing on research from my new book, I spoke about a commitment by certain elements of Fine Gael to encouraging young members and formulating youth policies […]
November 21, 2013
Reblogged from The Irish Politics Forum: Although the office of President of Ireland has attracted a great deal of public attention, especially since the election of Mary Robinson in 1990, the presidency has been the subject of little analysis. This gap in our knowledge of Irish politics is filled by this timely collection, which brings together a set of […]
November 15, 2013
I previously posted the Call for Papers for the Perceptions of Pregnancy conference that I am organising with my colleague, Dr Jennifer Evans. Those who are interested in the conference should keep an eye on our blog for conference updates; you can also sign up for email updates. We’ll also be posting columns on issues […]
November 12, 2013
"Change The Law -Give Him An Equal Chance" 1980 Young Fine Gael campaign to give rights to 'illegitimate' children
Reblogged from Irish Election Literature: From April 1980 “Change The Law -Give Him An Equal Chance” a Young Fine Gael campaign to give rights to ‘illegitimate’ children. Many thanks to the sender.
November 7, 2013
On Saturday 2 November, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Britain’s largest provider of abortion services) placed advertisements in Irish newspapers. Yesterday (6 November 2013), I contributed a column to TheJournal.ie setting the issue of Irish abortion in its historical context: IN AN ADVERTISEMENT placed in Irish weekend newspapers, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service promised: ‘We’ll care for your women […]
November 5, 2013
I primarily see my blog as a space to test ideas. Often what readers find here is not the finished product, but rather my thought process as I work through aspects of my research. Occasionally I stray into general interest subjects that have grabbed my attention. Recently, I wrote a post about historians and bias, […]
October 29, 2013
Do we need to know? A specialism in a particular area of history is a funny old thing. Certain fields appear to exempt the researcher from any potential accusations of vested interest, while others appear to invite the observation that the author must be a sympathiser. I am now the author of two books on […]
October 24, 2013
This arrived in my office a little while ago… Needless to say, I was pretty excited about the content… I’m really happy with the end result… To purchase your copy of A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-1987, visit the Palgrave Macmillan website.
October 18, 2013
Download a PDF of the call for papers here. Visit the conference website for updates.
October 16, 2013
I’ve just spent a wonderfully entertaining afternoon in the presence of Vera Sime, Eileen Pullen, Gwen Davies and Sheila Douglas — the women who inspired the 2010 film Made in Dagenham (of which they remarked, the basic story was there, but it was dressed up a bit). The Business School at the University of Hertfordshire organised the […]