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The Collapse of the Moral Boundaries of Peripheral Countries

  • Christie Davies
  • Eugene Trivizas
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Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 9)

Abstract

Until the mid- 1970s the Republic of Ireland was a mighty fortress of traditional Roman Catholicism in which church and state were firmly, almost totally locked together.1 Contraception, divorce and abortion were totally forbidden and there was a more rigorous censorship of all publications than in any other country in Western Europe; foreign newspapers and magazines would regularly have items deleted before they were delivered.2 Despite the fact that some of Ireland’s national heroes such as Roger Casement and Oscar Wilde had been notoriously promiscuous homosexuals, homosexual acts between males even in private were forbidden by law, though in practice prosecutions were no longer brought. Prejudice against and hostility towards homosexuals were strong and widespread.

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Irish Woman Homosexual Behavior Irish Government Channel Island United Nations Human 
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  • Eugene Trivizas

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