The National Coalition and Social Reform, 1973-77

The 1970s was a time of crisis internationally, when governments struggled to cope with rising inflation and public indebtedness in the aftermath of the first oil shock. It was also a period of social change, of demands for divorce and abortion, and second-wave feminism campaigned for greater rights for women. But as many of theContinue reading “The National Coalition and Social Reform, 1973-77”

‘Always say yes’: Women on Air / Keelin Shanley Event

‘We need more good women on air’ ~ Keelin Shanley, RTÉ Broadcaster On 19 June, Radisson Blu at Golden Lane played host to the latest Women on Air event.  It was an entertaining, informative and, overall, enjoyable evening.  And I know that I definitely left with some really useful, practical tips and plenty to thinkContinue reading “‘Always say yes’: Women on Air / Keelin Shanley Event”

Book Cover: A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-1987

The production process for my new book – A Just Society for Ireland?  1964-87 – is progressing smoothly.  I recently received the finalised cover from my publisher, Palgrave Macmillan.  All going well, the book will be launched in November this year.  To view the cover and contents page, see below.

‘From the Archives’: History Hub in Collaboration with UCD Archives

Image from HistoryHub.ie HistoryHub.ie is a forum for historians to contribute to current policy debates and a media-hub to access the latest in academic research via podcasts.  It is also an on-line resource to view documents from UCD Archives.  

Declan Costello’s Just Society: A Fine Gael Symbol of Progress or of Division?

Declan Costello died on 6 June 2011.  Profiles of the former Fine Gael TD following his death made continuous references to his Just Society document, published as the Fine Gael manifesto for the 1965 general election.  In his tribute, Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny described the document as ‘an initiative that helped toContinue reading “Declan Costello’s Just Society: A Fine Gael Symbol of Progress or of Division?”

‘The Riordans’, Popular Culture and Negotiating Social Change

Did you watch RTÉ’s The Riordans? If so, can you help with a research project? Details below. In my last post, I wrote about some of the ways that the lives of women changed as the 1970s progressed. One of the topics discussed was the legalisation of the sale of contraceptives. As I mentioned in thatContinue reading “‘The Riordans’, Popular Culture and Negotiating Social Change”

1970s Ireland: A Good Place for Women?

Over the last week, a particular newspaper article has repeatedly popped up on twitter.  It was published in December 2012 in the Galway Advertiser, but I don’t actually recall seeing much about it at the time.  However, I’m not surprised that it has been so frequently tweeted and re-tweeted.  The headline alone – ‘Ten thingsContinue reading “1970s Ireland: A Good Place for Women?”

1920s America: The Lowering of Morals and Raising of Hemlines

This short post originally appeared on the now defunct Irish history blog, Pue’s Occurrences. At the time, I was prompted to write it after an episode of Strictly Come Dancing. Odd, I know, but then inspiration can come from the strangest of places. That night, viewers were transported back to the 1920s through fast-paced dancing,Continue reading “1920s America: The Lowering of Morals and Raising of Hemlines”

Podcast on Declan Costello, Fine Gael and the Just Society

  You can listen to the full podcast here. Declan Costello, son of former Taoiseach John A Costello, was first elected to the Dáil in 1951 for the Fine Gael party. A representative of the working-class constituency of Dublin North-West, he witnessed the effects of unemployment, emigration and relative poverty. This experience influenced him toContinue reading “Podcast on Declan Costello, Fine Gael and the Just Society”

The Rise and Fall of Fianna Fáil documentary

Ursula Halligan interviewed me for her three-part documentary, The Rise and Fall of Fianna Fáil, which was broadcast on TV3. I make a brief appearance in the first episode in which I talk about Fianna Fáil’s decision to end its policy of abstention from parliament in 1927. You can watch the episode in full here.

1920s Election Posters, Campaign Daily contribution

I recorded this slot for RTÉ’s Campaign Daily series during the 2011 General Election in Ireland.  It looks at the history of election posters in the 1920s, which contrast significantly with the candidate-centred posters used today.

1932 lesson: future matters most to voters, The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil first came to power 75 years ago today to replace a party ‘out of touch’ with the people, writes Ciara Meehan The first Fianna Fáil government was formed 75 years ago today. The party’s victory had brought to an end 10 years of Cumann na nGaedheal government. It is interesting that on the 75thContinue reading “1932 lesson: future matters most to voters, The Irish Times”