Making the Difference?
The Irish Labour Party 1912-2012
Out of print. Our last copies.
This collection of essays is no hagiography. Writers from the fields of journalism, history and social reform examine the failings, splits and contradictions alongside the social and economic achievements the Party lays claim to. Contributors include Diarmaid Ferriter, Stephen Collins, David McCullagh and Niamh Puirséil. Beginning with the foundation of the Party in 1912, the social and political conditions that led the Labour movement to establish a political wing are explored.
The first decade of the Party's existence was a tumultuous time in Irish politics and Labour's role in the constitutional, electoral and military upheavals that resulted in the foundation of the State are analysed in detail. Likewise the manner in which the Party found itself the 'half-party' in the 'two-and-a-half party' system that defined Irish political life for generations receives expert and critical attention.
Also considered is the often fraught relationship the Party has had with the media, the Catholic Church and other groups on the left, in addition to internal debates and divisions over issues as diverse as the relationship with trade unions, social reform, Northern Ireland and Europe.
Together, some of the most renowned and critical voices in Irish non-fiction writing cast a cold eye on Ireland's oldest political party and present a narrative of Ireland's last 100 years from a perspective often ignored or drowned out in traditional histories of Ireland.
|Author||Paul Daly, Rónán O’Brien, Paul Rouse|
|Publisher||The Collins Press|
|Publication date||7 Nov 2012|