History Ireland Hedge School: 50th anniversary of 'free education'

History Ireland Hedge School

Tuesday 21 November, 7pm

In our final Hedge school for 2017, join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham and panellists  -  John Walshe (TCD), Carole Holohan (TCD), Frank Barry (TCD) and Mary O’Rourke (former Minister for Education and Senator). for a discussion on the introduction of free secondary education 50 years ago.

On 10 September 1967, Minister for Education Donogh O’Malley announced a scheme for free secondary education, much to the surprise of his cabinet colleagues, and of the Department of Finance in particular. But once word was out, there was no going back; expectations had been raised and the public response was hugely supportive. Within a decade participation rates at second level had doubled. But to what extent was the system subsidized before the announcement? To what extent has it been ‘free’ since? And beyond education, what was its effect socially and economically?

All welcome. Booking not required.

NLI Reference: CLON55
NLI Reference: CLON55
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