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Poverty and the Poor Law in Ireland 1850-1914

Virginia Crossman


This study focuses on the Irish poor law system, and the people who used it. Introduced in 1838, the Irish poor law established a nationwide system of poor relief that was administered and financed locally. This book provides the first detailed, comprehensive assessment of the ideological basis and practical operation of the poor law system in the post-Famine period. Contemporary understandings of poverty are analysed in conjunction with national and local relief practices to reveal the attitudes and responses of those both giving and receiving relief and the active relationship between them. ... More

Keywords: Ireland, Irish poor law, administration, poverty, welfare, poor relief, entitlement, workhouse, social history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781846319419
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846319419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Virginia Crossman, author
Oxford Brookes University