The immense power the Catholic Church once wielded in Ireland has
considerably diminished over the last fifty years. During the same
period the Irish state has pursued new economic and social
development goals by wooing foreign investors and throwing the
state's lot in with an ever-widening European integration project.
How a less powerful church and a more assertive state related to
one another during the key third quarter of the twentieth century
is the subject of this book. Drawing on newly available material,
it looks at how social science, which had been a church monopoly,
was taken over and bent to new purposes by politicians and civil
servants. This case study casts new light on wider processes of
change, and the story features a strong and somewhat surprising
cast of characters ranging from Sean Lemass and T.K. Whitaker to
Archbishop John Charles McQuaid and Father Denis Fahey.
Manchester University Press Melland Schill Studies
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• Maria Feeney
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