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In the past, free contraceptives would have been political kryptonite – not any more

Senan Molony


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The man who voted against his own administration’s feeble attempts to soften the law was former Fine Gael Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave (pictured in 1977).

The man who voted against his own administration’s feeble attempts to soften the law was former Fine Gael Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave (pictured in 1977).

The man who voted against his own administration’s feeble attempts to soften the law was former Fine Gael Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave (pictured in 1977).

A Taoiseach once voted against his own Government’s legislation on liberalising access to contraceptives.

This shocking truth from 1974 shows how far Irish society has come in less than half a century.


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