Tuairim, intellectual debate and policy formulation: Rethinking Ireland, 1954–75

By Tomas Finn

Tuairim, intellectual debate and policy formulation: Rethinking Ireland, 1954–75


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9543-6
  • Pages: 276
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: June 2014
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, Humanities / British & Irish history, History, Ireland, European history, POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory


The 1950s and 1960s were a transformative phase in modern Irish history. In these years, a conservative society dominated by the Catholic Church, and a state which was inward-looking and distrustful of novelty, gradually opened up to fresh ideas. This book, now available in paperback, considers this change. It explores how the intellectual movement Tuairim ('opinion' in Irish), was at the vanguard of the challenge to orthodoxy and conservatism.

Tuairim contributed to debates on issues as diverse as Northern Ireland, the economy, politics, education, childcare and censorship. The society established branches throughout Ireland, including Belfast, and in London. It produced frequent critical publications and boasted a membership that included the future Taoiseach, Dr Garret FitzGerald. Tuairim occupied a unique position within contemporary debates on Ireland's present and future. This book is concerned with its role in the modernisation of Ireland. It also addresses topics of continued relevance for the Ireland of today, including the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the institutional care of children.


"Meticulously researched, well-written and engaging - this is a book for all of us, a book that places issues to the fore and reforms ideas about the role of the 1950s in Irish historiography"

[Sarah-Anne Buckley, The Journal of the Galway and Archeological Society' Volume 65: 2013, p. 154]

'This study is welcome for its retrieval of an important group in the making of contemporary Irish society and for the questions it asks about the role of ideas and how they inform or influence the public and policy makers.'
Brian Girvin, University of Glasgow



NUI Galway School of Humanities Book Prize


1. Tuairim and the intellectual climate in Ireland
2. Representation and reform: Tuairim, the government and the Oireachtas
3. North and south: Tuairim and a divided island
4. Discourse and discord: Tuairim's challenge to the conservative consensus on education and childcare
5. Sense and censorship: Tuairim and cultural conservatism
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Tomás Finn is a lecturer in Modern Irish History at National University of Ireland, Galway

Tuairim, intellectual debate and policy formulation: Rethinking Ireland, 1954–75

By Tomas Finn

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