The History of Irish Education

The association between the three internal departments of the inspectorates was of special concern given the salary differential that existed amongst them and the fact that they wielded different levels of power. The independence gained by the primary inspectorate early in the 19th century paved way for its domination by the central administration. At this point, the inspectorate power had become so weakened that it held meaningless power up to a point of being unable to resist change. O Brolchain reorganization into the system plans was introduced in 1922. This went a long way in altering the seniority of inspectors. The newly recruited inspectors were promoted and became heads of former seniors. These 1922 changes gave some power to the secondary inspectors. This was further assisted by the fact that up to 1940, the departmental centers and the ministry’s offices remained in the department of secondary schools inspectorate at Hume Street. The post of the departmental secretary was also filled by the secondary inspectorate officials from the period 1922 to 1968. This position had been previously held by officials from the other departments. The ascendancy of the departmental inspectorates to the secretariat may be the reason why there arose complexities in the policies that aimed to alter the education system.The economic development paper was completed in May 1958. This paper was shaped by the social and economic crises that were facing the finance department of May 1956. At this time the emigration issue was affecting the country as over 45, 000 people were moving out per year. This was at 75 percent of the birth rate. The economic boom that was being enjoyed by the rest of Western Europe and the United States remained a distant dream to Ireland’s republic. The total level of employment in the country had fallen to 12 percent during the period between 1950 and 1958. The volume of GNP had increased by only 6.5 percent.

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