New Book: Perceptions of Pregnancy

Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan. This collection of chapters, which I co-edited with my University of Hertfordshire colleague Jennifer Evans, is written by members of the Perceptions of Pregnancy Researchers’ Network. Jen and I co-founded this network in summer 2014 following our hugely successfulContinue reading “New Book: Perceptions of Pregnancy”

Special issue of Women’s History

Back in July 2014, Jennifer Evans and I organised Perceptions of Pregnancy: From the Medieval to the Modern, a three-day international conference. Arising out of that conference, we guest edited a special issue of Woman’s History, the journal of the Women’s History Network (WHN), which was published today.

NEW Book: A Formative Decade: Ireland in the 1920s

The new book that I co-edited was — rather fittingly, given that it’s world book day — published by Irish Academic Press today. Co-edited with Mel Farrell (Maynooth University) and Jason Knirck (Central Washington University), it brings together established and upcoming scholars to explore Ireland in the 1920s.

Speaking at The Collins Institute & The Just Republic Launch

I was back in Dublin earlier this week to speak at the public launch of The Collins Institute, a new think tank set up with financial support from Fine Gael but ultimately independent of the party – a point made clear by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Institute Chair Marian Coy. The purpose of theContinue reading “Speaking at The Collins Institute & The Just Republic Launch”

#OnThisDay: Fine Gael accepts Declan Costello’s Just Society

It has been fifty years since the Fine Gael parliamentary party unanimously voted to send Declan Costello’s proposals for a Just Society to its policy committee. The outcome was Towards a Just Society, unveiled at the 1965 general election as the party’s manifesto. It was not the type of document that Irish voters have grown accustomedContinue reading “#OnThisDay: Fine Gael accepts Declan Costello’s Just Society”

Co-Editing a Book: Some Reflections

A thick stack of papers sits on my desk: visible evidence of a process that has been both enjoyable and frustrating.  It is the manuscript for the tentatively titled A Formative Decade — an edited collection of essays that examines 1920s Ireland. An electronic version has been sent to the publisher, Irish Academic Press (IAP). And although theContinue reading “Co-Editing a Book: Some Reflections”

A Just Society for Ireland? featured on Bowman: Sunday, RTÉ Radio 1

My recently published book, A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-87, was featured on John Bowman’s RTÉ Radio 1 programme, Bowman: Sunday, this morning. Declan Costello’s influence on Fine Gael’s development in general and Garret FitzGerald in particular, as well as the reasons for Liam Cosgrave’s support for the Just Society, were among the book’s themes that were highlighted.Continue reading “A Just Society for Ireland? featured on Bowman: Sunday, RTÉ Radio 1”

NEW BOOK: The Irish Presidency: Power, Ceremony and Politics

Originally posted on 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…

Fresh off the Printing Presses!

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.

Enda Kenny, Garret FitzGerald and Personal Initiatives in Politics

‘Every vote counts’ was one of the key themes that emerged out of the weekend’s coverage of the Seanad referendum.  Emphasising the closeness of the result, reference was made on more than one occasion to the 10,000 votes that separated Eamon de Valera from his Fine Gael rival at the 1966 presidential election.  I couldn’tContinue reading “Enda Kenny, Garret FitzGerald and Personal Initiatives in Politics”

Lost Leader, Neglected Leader: Michael Collins and WT Cosgrave

Much of Fine Gael’s past is now of the stuff of history.  Fine Gael is content to leave it … to the ultimate judgement of the historian. I was reminded of this quote from an off-the-peg election speech from 1954 while reading Stephen Collins’ Irish Times column about the annual Parnell summer school, which starts onContinue reading “Lost Leader, Neglected Leader: Michael Collins and WT Cosgrave”

A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-87 now available to pre-order from Palgrave Macmillan and Amazon

My forthcoming book, A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-87, is now available to pre-order.  Further details, including the introductory chapter, can be found below.  

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”

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.