Tomás Finn
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This chapter argues that Tuairim influenced the key policy decisions which shaped modern Ireland. It draws together the book’s central themes: Tuairim’s place in society, the complex nature of debates and the organisation’s impact on policy formulation and intellectual debate. The resistance Tuairim provoked and what this illustrates about Ireland, its politics and society as well as the role of intellectuals and ideas is central to this chapter. It argues that Tuairim’s significance lay in its influence in policy-making circles but also that it encouraged the transition towards a more liberal climate. This chapter confirms the existence of a culture of inquiry in 1950s Ireland but also that there continued to be problems during the 1960s. Moreover, it underlines the need for further study on ideas, intellectuals and their role in governmental institutions adopting new policies.

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