Vindicating Dublin: When Ireland’s first taoiseach put Dublin Corporation on trial
A new book looks at WT Cosgrave’s successful attempt to neuter the authority after it criticised his administration
Vindicating Dublin: The Story Behind the Controversial Dissolution of Dublin Corporation in 1924
By Aodh Quinlivan
Dublin City Council, €25
Why is Ireland cursed with the weakest local government in Europe? Many academics have tried to answer this vexed question, but University College Cork lecturer Aodh Quinlivan’s new book clearly points the finger at one man: WT Cosgrave. It was the Irish Free State’s first leader, after all, who sent every regional authority a ...