Social change, Ireland, Post-famine Economic progress, Ireland, Post-famine Post-famine Ireland
Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Baily, William F. 'Ireland since the famine: a sketch of fifty years' economic and legislative changes'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XI Part LXXXIII, 1902/1903, pp129-156
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XI Part LXXXIII 1902/1903
In addressing you this evening I propose to review, as
shortly as the subject will admit, the economic and legislative
changes that have taken place in Ireland during the last
half-century—to take stock of our position as a commercial
house takes periodical stock of its goods, an operation
useful and instructive, because it helps to an understanding
of the present, the first step towards further progress.
That much has been done to improve the condition of the
country and of its people during the last half century will be
admitted by most persons, although many may differ as
regards the means employed and the results achieved.
My object in making this survey is not to prove that the
economic and social condition of Ireland is as satisfactory
as possible, that the existing order of things is all that can
be desired, and that no change for the better is possible.
The great principles of evolution and development are now
too well recognised as governing all life—social, economic
and political—to permit of such a standpoint being maintained.
Society is based on continuous movement and
change. Things cannot stay as they are.
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