Some timely reminders of just how backward and hypocritical we were
Published 31/12/2013 | 02:30
I have to admit it's a tad depressing when state papers released after 30 years relate to one's living memory.
The 1983 files make for interesting reading. Back then I was newly graduated from Trinity law school so was aware of the vast range of legal reforms being advocated to modernise Irish society. But I had not yet become politicised or involved in any party.
It was a time when it was a crime to be homosexual. Condoms were only available on prescription. There was a constitutional ban on divorce. The pro-life movement was in its heyday, having secured a commitment from the outgoing Fianna Fail government to insert a prohibition on abortion in the Constitution even though it was already a criminal offence in Irish law.