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Creating Ireland Hardcover – 17 Nov 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland (17 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340977329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340977323
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 25.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,218,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A look at Ireland's cultural and social history through ninety years of the Dail.

About the Author

Paul Daly is a graduate of UCD and also holds a masters degree in Political Communication from DCU. His first job in politics was during the divorce referendum in 1995 and he subsequently worked in the Oireachtas with the Labour Party for seven years. He lives in Dublin where he works as a communications consultant and lecturer.

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Format: Hardcover
This is easily one of the most handsomely constructed books I have read in recent times, and the quality of the publication is most fitting for a fascinating read. Using extracts from parliamentary speeches, Paul Daly has created an utterly compelling history of the Irish state.

For anyone with even a passing interest in Irish history or politics, this book is a must read - certainly, I enjoyed this book more than anything else I've seen of late.
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Daly's book is an extremely well-produced piece that will have great historical value. The lack of audio recording in Oireachtas Éireann until the 1980s means that the written word is the only way we have of reviewing the way the nation was run during its first sixty years. Daly has pulled together the most pertinent of speeches from Dáil and Seanad debates over the years into a book that will be the ideal Christmas stocking-filler for the Irish political or historical enthusiast.
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Surprsing that this hasn't been done in the UK - let parliament speak for itself - while the Dail's reputation has suffered alongside other parliaments in recent times this book correctly puts it back centre stage in 20th century Irish life. There's a lot in there - one review I saw in the Irish Times said there should have been more from backbenchers in it but were that the case it would have run to a horric length. If you don't know much about 20th century Irish history this book is a readible and accessibe start. Even if you are familiar with the narrative you will be surprised about how refelective the Dail was of events.
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Excellent read. Very accessible for those who want to learn more about Irish History and politics, and also intersting for the political nerds. the debates on contraception and divorce in the 70's and 80's remind us of how far we have come.
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