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The Irish Sweep: A History of the Irish Hospitals Sweepstake, 1930-87 (edició 2010)

de Marie Coleman (Autor)

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The Irish hospitals sweepstake, initially established to provide money for cash-strapped voluntary hospitals in Dublin, provided funding for Irish hospitals for over fifty years. Apart from its role in bringing millions of pounds of foreign currency into Ireland to build new hospitals and provide employment, it also contributed to the development of Irish advertising and broadcasting, horse-racing, the growth of Irish business and commercial sponsorship of sport. But that was not the whole story. Marie Coleman also digs deep into the murkier side of the Irish Sweep. She successfully reveals scandals, skulduggery and gangsterism, which all played their part in the sweepstakes, exposing the blind eyes that were turned to its shortcomings and exploring the extent to which these failings ultimately damaged the Irish health services by postponing necessary reforms.Using original archive material, "The Irish Sweep" successfully draws together these disparate aspects of the sweepstake - its social and economic importance in independent Ireland, its contribution to the development of Irish health services, and its illicit operation outside Ireland - to construct the first detailed and comprehensive history of an iconic institution.… (més)
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Títol:The Irish Sweep: A History of the Irish Hospitals Sweepstake, 1930-87
Autors:Marie Coleman (Autor)
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The Irish Sweep: A History of the Irish Hospitals Sweepstake, 1930-87 de Marie Coleman

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    thegeneral: Horgan again demonstrates that he is an excellent biographer in this book and I hope he will choose to write more. Noel Browne is a highly controversial in Irish life to this day even after his death as he has a great many supporters and detractors. His autobiography, Against the Tide, earned him justified criticism for the way he chose to attack selective political opponents of his, several of whom had long since been dead and which by and large was highly self-serving. Horgan tears up the autobiography and presents a warts and all analysis of his muse. Fans or detractors of Browne should read both this book and Against the Tide and then decide what road they want to take in my opinion. Browne’s tragic upbringing is analysed in detail together with his education and his motivation to enter politics is discussed. His relationship with political colleagues in each of the parties he served in is assessed in detail generating a wealth of information and painting an interesting portrait of the man. His contribution to the State is also assessed. There is an excellent bibliography for those who want to read more on the subject.… (més)
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    Health, Medicine and Politics in Ireland 1900-1970 de Ruth Barrington (thegeneral)
    thegeneral: This book remains in a class of its own. Well written, researched, referenced and argued, Barrington cogently explains how health policy developed in Ireland during the period 1900-1970. One thing of note is that the study begins while Ireland was still ruled from Britain but a constant factor throughout is the presence of the Catholic Church. As the author points out, however, their position has not been consistent throughout that time and indeed throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s they were the “stormtroopers for the doctors” due to effective lobbying. Barrington puts a face on Dr. Conn Ward, who was essentially Minister for Health from 1932 until 1946, when he was forced to resign from office, a man who has been forgotten by much recent history. In addition she demonstrates how the Fianna Fáil and Inter-Party Government administrations dealt with the Mother and Child legislation, and lobbyists such as the Church, to ensure it would pass. In her views the former were much more effective. However, that is not to say that she endorses the claims of Noel Browne in his “Against the Tide” biography on this area.… (més)
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This is a very informative book. To my knowledge no other book on the history of the Irish Sweepstakes has been published to date. The book is very well researched and very well written and argued throughout. In addition it contains a comparative analysis of the Sweepstake in the UK and in North America. It details the historic opposition to the Irish Sweepstake in those countries and how the tickets were sold illegally. The changing policies of the various Irish Governments with regard to the Sweep are also analysed in detail. Significantly the vast profits earned by a few who were the shareholders of the Trust are also exposed. In my opinion, the crucial message of the book is how the Sweepstakes presented the Irish Government with a remarkable opportunity to transform health policy, health spending and the delivery of health care in Ireland at independence but it was not taken up and when the Government was forced to take a lead role in hospital building from 1948 onwards it was too late as the Sweepstakes should have been nationalised sooner. ( )
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The Irish hospitals sweepstake, initially established to provide money for cash-strapped voluntary hospitals in Dublin, provided funding for Irish hospitals for over fifty years. Apart from its role in bringing millions of pounds of foreign currency into Ireland to build new hospitals and provide employment, it also contributed to the development of Irish advertising and broadcasting, horse-racing, the growth of Irish business and commercial sponsorship of sport. But that was not the whole story. Marie Coleman also digs deep into the murkier side of the Irish Sweep. She successfully reveals scandals, skulduggery and gangsterism, which all played their part in the sweepstakes, exposing the blind eyes that were turned to its shortcomings and exploring the extent to which these failings ultimately damaged the Irish health services by postponing necessary reforms.Using original archive material, "The Irish Sweep" successfully draws together these disparate aspects of the sweepstake - its social and economic importance in independent Ireland, its contribution to the development of Irish health services, and its illicit operation outside Ireland - to construct the first detailed and comprehensive history of an iconic institution.

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