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1918: Irish Endings and Beginnings

One hundred years on from the end of the First World War and with the centenary of the first Dail fast approaching in January 2019, Studies 1918: Irish Endings and Beginnings holds under its gaze significant ends and beginnings of 1918, along with some momentous events a century later in 2018.
And what a dramatic arc of history this issue of Studies spans: from the fading embers of the end of the Irish Parlimentary Party, through the storied beginning of Dail Eireann, the chaos of Brexit to the unknown firmament that confronts European civilisation today. Running a hand over the pages we take in one hundred years of change, from the war that failed to end all wars to the European exit that may yet end all European exits.
The years have not been kind to some, as Ronan McGreevy writes of John Redmond, whose commitment to Irish participation in the First World War destroyed him and his party.
In a century of precarity for European democracy Anthony White writes of the cententary of Dail Eireann, examining the profiles of Irish TDs over one hundred years of uninterrupted parliamentary democracy. Is there anything in the makeup of the Dail that points to this longevity and that we, as Europeans, can use in facing the rise of a populist right-wing?
Fiona de Londras, an Irish woman in Britain and professor of Global Legal Studies at the University of Birmingham, offers an Irish perspective on Brexit. In a compelling and judicious paper de Londras urges us to show genuine concern for the future of the European Union and to join together to oppose populism.
To oppose populism it is essential that we speak truth to power. Celia G Kenny makes exactly this point, using the poetry of Israeli poet Tuvia Ruebner. To poetry, Kenny argues, we must turn in order to imagine new possibilities both political and personal.

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  • After European Civilisation

    Desmond Fennell

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    A common explanation of why the West is in turmoil has been the ‘populist’ risings against the ascendancy of ‘liberal political and cultural elites’. But the root cause of the disorder lies further back…

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  • John Redmond and the First World War

    Ronan McGreevy

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    Ronan McGreevy writes about John Redmond, whose commitment to Irish participation in the First World War destroyed him and his party.

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  • One Hundred Years of Dáil Éireann 1918–2018: Elections, Personalities and Issues

    Anthony White

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    Anthony White writes of the centenary of Dail Eireann, examining the profiles of Irish TDs over one hundred years of uninterrupted parliamentary democracy.

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  • Regulating Finance: Poachers Turned Gamekeepers

    Patrick Riordan SJ

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    Vatican watchers have been surprised recently by a new publication addressing issues of justice in financial affairs…The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development have together issued the document with the long but modest title Considerations for an Ethical Discernment Regarding Some Aspects of the Present Economic- Financial System….

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  • Richard Elmore: Forgotten Emancipationist

    Caoimhin de Bhailis

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    Richard John Elmore is one of the many nineteenth-century political campaigners who have fallen out of view, and hence consideration, when we discuss the history of the period. Elmore was an activist who made valuable contributions to the debate on Catholic Emancipation

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  • Rights in an Age of Brexit: Reflections from an Irish Perspective

    Fiona de Londras

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    Fiona de Londras, an Irish woman in Britain and professor of Global Legal Studies at the University of Birmingham, offers an Irish perspective on Brexit

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  • Speaking Truth to Power: Theology, Politics and Protest in Israel

    Celia G Kenny

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    To oppose populism it is essential that we speak truth to power. Celia G Kenny makes exactly this point, using the poetry of Israeli poet Tuvia Ruebner. To poetry, Kenny argues, we must turn in order to imagine new possibilities both political and personal.

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  • The Family Today – Healing and Expansion in Christ: An Anglican Perspective

    Ginnie Kennerley

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    There is something non-negotiable about the family. For better or for worse, our parents are our parents and their parents are our grandparents…

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  • ‘I Must Be Buried at Straide’: Michael Davitt’s Final Request

    John Dunleavy

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    Michael Davitt made his will in 1904, some two years before his death. He had clear views as to where he should be buried…

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