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Ian O'Doherty: Welcome to modern Ireland...

Published 30/08/2010 | 05:00

There are times when it seems as if this country is beginning to escape from the fog of superstition, servility and ignorance that made us the most backward country in Europe for so long.

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The Church's reputation lies in well deserved ruin and we see that women's and gay rights are at last progressing, indeed you could be forgiven for thinking that we are becoming the kind of modern, pluralist republic we always aspired to be. And then you go to Kerry.

Any county that boasts The Rose Of Tralee, Jackie Healy- Rae and his mini-me as their best tourist attractions is not exactly an enlightened place, but one woman got a shock last week when she went to an after-hours clinic for the morning-after pill -- and was refused by the GP on 'religious and ethical grounds.'

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