Higher Technical Education in Ireland
The underdevelopment of higher technical education was the logical consequence of a traditionalist consensus in Irish education, shared by ministers, officials and prominent private stakeholders, for the first generation of the independent Irish state. The recommendations of the Commission on higher technical education envisaged a fundamental re-appraisal of existing policies at higher level, but were almost entirely sidelined by political and religious elites. A dominant ideological paradigm informed by religious and cultural nationalist imperatives placed a minimal value on vocational and technical studies, emphasising the primacy of religion, the humanities, classical studies and the Irish language. The underdevelopment of technical and vocational education, a defining feature of Irish education since the 1920s, was particularly marked at higher level.