Introduction 1. The poor law and the Irish revolution: the case of the Cork workhouse 2. From outdoor relief to home assistance: workhouses to work tests 3. Single mothers and institutionalisation 4. Child welfare and local authorities: institutions v boarding-out 5. The end of the poor law taint?: from workhouses to hospitals Conclusion Bibliography Index -- .
Donnacha Sean Lucey is a Research Fellow in the School of History and Anthropology at Queen's University Belfast -- .
'This work is thoroughly researched, immaculately presented and thoughtfully written and provides an important contribution to the historiography of revolutionary and independent Ireland. Lucey's ground-level analysis reveals how national policies were interpreted in local contexts, revealing a multitude of social, economic, religious and cultural dynamics that underpinned poor law and welfare reform in Ireland in the early twentieth century.' Stephen Bance, University College Dublin, Irish Economic and Social History 2016, Vol 43 (1) -- .