Fianna Fáil and the civil service, 1932–38

Martin Maguire

in The Civil Service and the Revolution in Ireland, 1912–38

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780719077401
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702611 | DOI:
Fianna Fáil and the civil service, 1932–38

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The civil service had particular reason to welcome a Fianna Fáil government, as the party deliberately courted its support with promises of an arbitration system to address its grievances. The promise of dynamic State action also signalled a central role for the civil service under such a government, which campaigned on economic development. It moved to meet their commitments to the civil service on the bonus and on an arbitration board. The result of the Harry Lisney judgement was an immediate rush of 132 applications, of which 109 succeeded. The civil service associations had to rely on the Labour Party and William Norton in particular to make the case for a less-oppressive relationship between the State and the civil service. Bunreacht na hÉireann was the last stage in the dismantling of the Treaty settlement. The new form of State power needed a new image of the civil servant.

Keywords: civil service; Fianna Fáil government; bonus; Harry Lisney; Labour Party; William Norton; State power; Bunreacht na hÉireann; Treaty

Chapter.  11962 words. 

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