Writing in The Irish Times, Fiach Kelly suggested that ‘for Simon Coveney, it is the soul of Fine Gael. For the supporters of Leo Vardakar, it is just a slogan’. Kelly was referring to Declan Costello’s Just Society, which has been somewhat frequently mentioned in the current Fine Gael leadership contest. I’ve been intrigued to hearContinue reading “The Just Society: a symbol of internal division”
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”
The Irish Examiner published a column today from me on Declan Costello’s Just Society, marking fifty years since Fine Gael adopted his proposal as official party policy. Now considered a milestone in its history, the document divided the party at that time. Read the piece in full here.
Prompted by my book, Vincent Browne writes about his recollections of Declan Costello’s Just Society and offers his views on the documents legacy to Fine Gael in today’s Irish Times: Fifty years ago a politician published a manifesto which, if implemented, would have changed the nature of Irish society, would have defied the ethos of contemporaryContinue reading “A Just Society for Ireland? mentioned in Vincent Browne’s Irish Times column”
I joined Patrick Geoghegan of Newstalk’s Talking History on Sunday, 26 January to talk about my new book. We discussed the reasons why Declan Costello formulated his proposals when he did; the effect his policies had on Fine Gael and wider society; and the extent to which Garret FitzGerald was a progressive figure. We alsoContinue reading “A Just Society for Ireland? featured on Talking History, Newstalk”
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.
I have two young children and on one occasion the roof fell in on us. We were not able to contact the landlord. In fact, not since May 1960 has anybody come near us for rent. The place is appalling. There is one toilet for the whole three-storey building and rats are running all overContinue reading “The Dublin Tenement Experience”
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.
Sitting in Fixx Coffee House on Dawson Street recently, I waved at two men who walked in separately just after three pm. The only thing that they had in common was that they arrived alone, and appeared to cast an eye around as though looking for someone. Neither of the them looked anything alike.Continue reading “Conducting Non-Elite Research Interviews”
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.
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”