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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Shatter's steamy novel faces censors

Published 22/05/2013 | 05:00

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THE Censorship of Publications Board is investigating a complaint about a steamy novel written by Justice Minister Alan Shatter in the 1980s.

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Mr Shatter wrote the book 'Laura' 24 years ago but the censorship office has confirmed that they had received a complaint about its contents in recent weeks.

The fictional novel recounts a torrid affair between a TD opposed to abortion, Deputy Sean Brannigan, and his secretary, Colette, who becomes pregnant, and includes a sex scene in his Leinster House office.

The Censorship of Publications Board confirmed that it received a complaint and that it will be considered by the new members of the board when they are appointed.

Mr Shatter is due to announce the membership of the board in the coming weeks.

The board can ban books under two categories – if they are "indecent or obscene" or if they "advocate the procurement of abortion or miscarriage".

Irish Independent

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