Dublin opinions : Dublin newspapers and the crisis of the fifties

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Title: Dublin opinions : Dublin newspapers and the crisis of the fifties
Authors: Garvin, Tom
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2411
Date: 2009
Abstract: Dublin journalism was well served by three national newspapers and a coterie of weeklies and irregular publications during the period 1948-1962. In this paper, the different 'takes' on the perceived crisis in the Irish economy and polity of the mid-fifties are analysed. It is concluded that the Irish Independent and the Irish Times adhered to almost identical positions of agrarian fundamentalism until very late on during this crucial decade in Ireland's political and economic development. It is also argued that the case for non-farm employment as Ireland's true future was most consistently and energetically made by the Irish Press, essentially the mouthpiece of Sean Lemass, Minister for Industry and Commerce from 1945 to 1948, 1951 to 1954, 1957 to 1959 and Taoiseach thereafter. The awareness that Ireland had to diversify economically was behind the foundation in 1949-50 of the Industrial Development Authority under the auspices of Daniel Morrissey of Fine Gael. All major parties were deeply divided on the issue of economic development. It is also concluded that the sense of a real social and cultural crisis was intense at the time, and the awareness that an old Ireland had to die that a new one might be born was strong.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Copyright (published version): The author, 2009
Keywords: Economic crisisSean LemassIndustrial development1950's
Subject LCSH: Ireland--Economic conditions--Press coverage
Ireland--Politics and government--Press coverage
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Keynote paper at the conference 'Politics, Economy and Society: Irish Developmentalism, 1958-2008', held at University College Dublin on 12 March 2009
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers
Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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