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Let's hope State makes us proud over Savita case

Published 24/11/2012 | 05:00

SOME things do change, including Irish attitudes to what we used, coyly, to call the "social issues" of contraception, divorce and abortion.

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Most of my readers are probably too young to remember 1979 or 1985. The first was the year when Charles Haughey as Health Minister brought in a measure to permit married couples to buy condoms on prescription. He called it "an Irish solution to an Irish problem", surely among the most disgraceful words ever uttered by an Irish politician.

The second was the year when Haughey as Fianna Fail leader opposed a liberal contraception measure proposed by his successor, Labour's Barry Desmond.

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