Seán MacEntee: a political life

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Irish Academic Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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This is the first biographical work of one of the chief policymakers to have served the independent Irish state. It isalso the only scholarly biography of a senior Fianna F.lil minister other than Sean Lemass.Sean MacEntee was in many ways a unique political personality. He was the most senior politician in the independ(Irish state to have been born in what became Northern Ireland. Moreover, he was a fiercely independent thinker wh'left a voluminous collection of private papers. This capacious collection reflects MacEntee's insatiable interest in allaspects of government policy, not merely those for which he bore ultimate responsibility. The collection complemerthe official government files in the National Archives which, when viewed in toto, convey the full force of ministerioand departmental thinking and provide a comprehensive record of public policymaking from the 1930s to the 1960s.

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An excellent piece of research. Feeney provides a cogent and well-argued thesis which sheds new light on the accepted face of Seán MacEntee, that of the dour conservative reactionary, and presents a ... Read full review

Contents

Soldier of Destiny
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Guarding the Nations Purse Strings
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Emergency Politics
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Copyright

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