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I got so much out of this evening's @IE_socialpolicy event on #InstitutionalIreland that I'm going to try threading my personal summary of the night. This isn't a report: it's the story I personally wove out of 3 excellent inputs. Lots left out - apologies!
Eoin O'Sullivan of @tcd kicked off (I missed the start). Ireland has a splendid history of institutionalising people. Workhouses, laundries, reformatories, asylums. Not unusual for the 19th & 20th centuries, though we were notably fervent.
By 1951, 1% of the Irish population was housed in an institution of one sort or another.
But around the world, people began to understand that piling people in a big building together was a bad response to social need.
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