This is a joint review of Sexual Transgression and Scapegoats: A study from Modern Ireland by Tom Inglis and Chapter Five‘1970-2005’ in Diarmaid Ferriter Occasions of Sin: Sex & Society in Modern Ireland.
Both of these pieces focus on changing attitudes in Irish society especially in respect to issues to do with sexuality and morality. While Diarmaid Ferriter provides a broader history of these changes, Tom Inglis focuses in on a specific case, the Kerry Babies Case, in the context of the dramatic changes that were occurring in Irish culture and society in the latter half of the 20th century. Through his analysis Inglis illuminates the tensions between church and state values and concepts of morality and the more secular concepts that were battling to the fore.
The beginning of Diarmaid Ferriter’s chapter helps to put the Kerry Babies Case into context. During the 1970s the Catholic Church began to feel besieged by issues…
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