Truth, Power and Lies
Irish Society and the Case of the Kerry Babies
By (author) Tom Inglis
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Truth, Power and Lies by Tom Inglis
Book DescriptionThe finding of two dead babies within the space of a fortnight in County Kerry in 1984 is an extraordinary story that rocked Catholic Ireland. The Kerry Babies Case is still unresolved, with many unanswered questions. Did Joanne Hayes have twins? Did the Gardai - the Irish police - intimidate her family into confessing their involvement in the murder of one of the babies? The Tribunal which examined the case largely exonerated the Gardai and blamed the family, yet as a result of the case the Murder Squad was disbanded and a Garda Complaints Board established. Tom Inglis, in his detailed analysis of the case, explains that it is obviously important to retell the story because justice might not have been done. But he goes further to explain how the case is an important part of understanding how the second half of 20th-century Ireland saw a transition from a traditional, rural, conservative and Catholic society to the modern, urban, liberal and secular one which is emerging today. In particular, the case represents a watershed for the position of women in Irish society: many were motivated to protest for the first time.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781904558026
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Imprint: University College Dublin Press
Publisher: University College Dublin Press
Publish Date: 10-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: Ireland
Books By Author Tom Inglis
Are the Irish Different?, Paperback (November 2014)
Examines the extent and nature of Irish social and cultural difference
Meanings of Life in Contemporary Ireland, Hardback (November 2014)
Inglis explores the meanings of life as told by one-hundred ordinary people living around Ireland.
Global Ireland, Hardback (December 2007)» View all books by Tom Inglis
Offers a synthesis of globalization's dramatic impact on Ireland. Using case studies of Ireland's transition, this work explains what this means for traditional Irish culture and society, and offers a social portrait of globalizing Ireland. It gives an appropriate introduction to Ireland.
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