The peals of indignation in Ireland about the sex scenes in Normal People were heard across the Irish Sea in the UK by the show's intimacy co-ordinator, Ita O'Brien.
he drama has garnered 16.2m hits on the BBC iPlayer there, without so much as a sigh from viewers.
"I have seen the Liveline commentary. To be honest, I am surprised that there hasn't been more," Ita told the Sunday Independent.
"I come from a very strict Irish Catholic family and I have had some of my family tell me that my work is the work of devil.
"So, I can completely understand the reaction. But part of my joy lies in how progressive southern Ireland is and in particular how progressive Dublin is.
"I completely respect the reaction and I respect each and every person's opinion and I understand where they are coming from; but the world has moved on."
Her own Irish pedigree is impressive given that her parental grandfather was one of the O'Brien horse training clan from Clonmel.
An injury forced her grandfather to emigrate to England when he was a teenager. A few years later, he was at an Irish dance in Brixton where he met Ita's mum, a nurse from Cookstown. She is, in her own words, from "strong Irish peasant stock".
Ita worked as an actor and movement director before specialising in choreographing sex scenes. Her job is to ensure everyone on set is safe, protected and clear about what and where they can, and cannot, touch. On top of devising intimacy guidelines for the industry, she is sought after by producers and her impressive list of television credentials tells its own tale.
Gentleman Jack, The Watchmen, Sex Education and now Normal People put Ita at the top of her game. The fact that politicians are calling for the scene where Marianne loses her virginity to be shown to secondary-school students to illustrate proper consent, shows she has done her job well.
"I am so proud that this work can help to educate and not just be a piece of entertainment, which is really important that it is that."
Ita believes her role is equally as important as that of stunt coordinator. She says communication, consent and consideration are vital for everyone from the director down to the actors.
"I am there to help answer how do we do the intimate content professionally, with this best practice," she says.
"All of my body knowledge and choreography is to make it just like a stunt where they throw a punch, I am bringing technique to this body dance of two human beings moving together.
"This production has been joyous because it needed an intimacy coordinator. But also, we know that once they understood the techniques and process I was offering, it became a real respectful collaboration."
Normal People is bringing in over 377,000 viewers per episode on RTE One, but it is breaking records for the BBC. The show has also started broadcasting in the United States, again to critical acclaim.
While this is anything but just another job for Ita, she is still amazed at the almost universally positive response.
"From the very first meeting with the producers, there was this sense of understanding of how we were going to work together," she says. "Paul and Daisy were so right for the parts and then you had Lenny's connection with them and then Hettie (Macdonald) for her block.
"It wasn't a case of being under pressure, it was a case of making the best work possible from the get go.
"I feel so proud to have been able to help and support this amazing piece of work," she says.