18 December 2013 - This story is in archive

‘A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-87’, a new academic book by University of Hertfordshire’s Lecturer in History, Ciara Meehan, offers a new account of a critical period in Fine Gael's history when the party was challenged to define its place in Irish politics.

Drawing on interviews with key players and previously unused archival sources, the book, which was officially launched last week by Enda Kenny, An Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), centres on Garret FitzGerald's reform of the party in the 1980s and to what extent that was made possible by politician Declan Costello.

Author, Ciara Meehan said: "The Fine Gael party, of which Mr Kenny is the leader, emerged from the 2011 general election as the largest party in the Irish political system; this was despite repeated predictions of its demise since its emergence in 1933. The book provides an insight into the origins of an identity crisis with which Fine Gael continues to struggle."

Copies of the book are still available to purchase direct from Palgrave Macmillan; there is also a kindle edition.