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Mother and Child Scheme Controversy

….the controversy is seen generally in the historiography as the first big clash between the Roman Catholic Church and the Irish State. However, I think it’s actually a lot more than that. First of all it’s not the first clash and it is a lot more substantial than a clash between Church and State……Fundamentally the shape of health services, but also the premise on which the welfare state is based, was settled in the controversy. It was settled against a universal non-means test system and in favour of a neo-liberal model.

Dr Lindsey Earner-Byrne

In a podcast for the History podcast series, Dr Lindsey Earner-Byrne (UCD) looks at the Mother and Child Scheme controversy which erupted in Ireland in the early 1950s.

Dr Lindsey Earner-Byrne is a lecturer in the School of History and Archives UCD and the author of Mother and Child: Maternity and Child Welfare in Ireland, 1920s-1960s (Manchester: Manchester University Press). Her research areas include modern Irish social and political history; gender and welfare history of Ireland and Europe; Irish demographic and emigration history.

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