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Up the Republic!: Towards a New Ireland

Up the Republic!: Towards a New Ireland

Fintan O'Toole

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’Thought-provoking...O’Toole has a keen eye for telling historical anecdote’ - Paddy Kehoe, RTE

Most Irish people agree on two things: that they're supposed to live in a republic and that they don't. As the Republic of Ireland approaches the centenary of its declaration in 1916, it has never seemed quite so far away.

Many people are now asking whether Ireland has ever been a republic, in the true sense. This is a book in which the biggest questions are addressed with a sense of their terrible urgency. Do Irish people really know what a republic is? Is there a tradition of republican ideas that can be useful to the task of rebuilding Ireland's shattered democracy? How can the political system be reimagined?

The contributors also examine the role of the courts: are they defenders of the people's rights or part of the problem? As for the education system, what should schools be teaching citizens of a real republic? Is the Big Society just another excuse for a failed state? And as the super-rich flee for safe havens and racist parties win votes, can Europe find a path between plutocracy on the one side and populism on the other?

Would a new republic require a new kind of public language? In this book, some of Ireland's leading scholars, writers and journalists - Fintan O'Toole, Elaine Byrne, Dearbhail MacDonald, Fred Powell, Theo Dorgan, Iseult Honohan and Philip Pettit - suggest provocative answers to these urgent questions.

They suggest that the idea of a republic can be taken back from those who have abused it - and that it can give hope to a society struggling to move beyond anger and cynicism.

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Author Fintan O'Toole
Publisher Faber & Faber
Publication date 6 Jun 2013
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780571289011

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