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Podcast – The Irish Housewives Association September 23, 2020

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.

In the 1957 General Election, The Irish Housewives Association stood three candidates. Mairead McGunness in Dublin North East, Beatrice Dixon  in Dublin South West and Kathleen Swanton in Dublin North Central. This episode is about the campaign, a brief history of the Irish Housewives Association as well as touching on Women in Politics.

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1. sonofstan - September 23, 2020

This stuff is fantastic IEL: any possibility of a book out of all this?

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irishelectionliterature - September 23, 2020

Thanks, yes had been thinking of it. There’s so many unknown stories that are worth telling.

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WorldbyStorm - September 23, 2020

Great edition. My Gran and Great Gran knew Hilda Tweedy. I’m guessing in part due to the Church of Ireland connection.

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rockroots - September 24, 2020

The religion aspect of it – however exaggerated it might have been at the time – is interesting, given recent comments here about the potential for Ulster Protestants to have a positive and progressive influence within a united Ireland…

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WorldbyStorm - September 25, 2020

Very true.


sonofstan - September 25, 2020

My mother knew her very well also.


WorldbyStorm - September 25, 2020

It’s a small world. I only met her in passing but got the impression she was a whirlwind of energy.


WorldbyStorm - September 25, 2020

I guessed right and wrong. My Gran it appears was a joint secretary of the IHA up to its dissolution.

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2. Tomboktu - September 25, 2020

I love that the radical proposals that so alarmed the Church were proposed by an organisation that decribed itself as an association of housewives.

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3. GearóidGaillimh - October 12, 2020

There were a couple of things which influenced the anti-communist innuendo surrounding the IHA. Firstly as Alan mentions, it sent a solidarity message to a peace conference in Paris in 1949, which emerged to be linked to the Soviet-aligned World Peace Congress. This caused a predictable response from the Catholic Standard. Secondly, Hilda Tweedy’s father-in-law was the communist RN Tweedy, though she wasn’t a communist herself, it was enough to taint her in the eyes of some. Thirdly, women members of the communist Irish Workers’ League such as Hilda Verlin née Allberry joined the IHA, which precipitated Una Byrne’s intervention which De Haan’s HI article covers and which I discuss in my PhD. Matt Treacy in his book on Irish communism confuses Hilda Allberry with Hilda Tweedy née Anderson which is one of many sloppy mistakes he makes. IHA members Andrée Sheehy-Skeffington and Mary Andrews (wife of Todd) took the successful libel case against the Roscommon Herald for naming it communist.

Incidentally, one of the women TDs elected in 1957, Brigid Hogan-O’Higgins, is still alive

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