FORMER Attorney General Peter Sutherland was challenged by an academic institute to ban an Anthony Burgess musical because it allegedly promoted abortion.
Newly released state papers reveal that the Attorney General was challenged by the Irish Association for American Studies (IAAS) to take legal steps to ensure the controversial musical was not broadcast and that RTE's decision to back the project be formally reviewed.
In a letter to Mr Sutherland on January 21, 1982, IAAS chairman David Noel Doyle demanded legal intervention by the State over 'Bloom's Day' – based on James Joyce's 'Ulysses' – which he slated as "illegal, amoral . . . and a blasphemy against God's honour".
However, the performance went ahead.