1st Edition

The Irish Administration 1801-1914

By R. B. McDowell Copyright 1964
    342 Pages
    by Routledge

    The developments and achievements of the Irish administration, overshadowed by the more spectacular aspects of Irish history have received comparatively little attention. But Irish conditions in the 19th Century encouraged and compelled the state to exert itself on a more extensive front than in contemporary England and a number of government departments played a very active and often creative part in Irish social and economic life. In this work, originally published in 1964, and based on a wide range of printed and manuscript sources, the author shows how the administrative structure was drastically rationalised and modernised. The author is also interested both in the work the administration performed and the men who staffed it. The Irish administration during the century came into contact with many different aspects of Irish society.

    1.The Administrative Framework and the Civil Service 2. The Irish Executive 3. The Financial Departments 4. The Courts of Law 5. Police and Prisons 6. Local Government, Poor Law and Public Health 7. Departments Concerned with Economic Development 8. Departments Concerned with Education 9. Archives and Information. Epilogue. Appendices: Irish Departments, Officials Discussed.


    R. B. McDowell (1913-2011) was an Irish historian and Professor Emeritus of History at University College, Dublin. 

    Original review of The Irish Administration:

    ‘In this study of the Irish administration…Professor McDowell has maintained the high standard set in his previous works…’ Hereward Senior, The Canadian Historical Review, Vol 46, No. 4, (1965).