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Tuairim and the intellectual climate in Ireland
in Tuairim, intellectual debate and policy formulation
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This chapter examines the intellectual climate in Ireland and in the wider western world during the post-war period. It argues that Tuairim’s independence of the Catholic Church and of the political establishment made the organisation unusual both in a national and in an international context. The society’s promotion of new ideas and its ability to tackle controversial issues provoked a reaction from those in positions of power. This chapter highlights the resistance to independent thinking that went to the highest echelons of the political and religious establishments but also illustrates that the society was part of an emerging culture that questioned orthodoxy and which facilitated the creation of a new policy agenda.

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