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Liam Weeks: 'Who can ask key questions about the EU? I know a candidate'

A form of intellectual fascism has discouraged discussion of Ireland's place in the EU - and it's time that changed, writes Liam Weeks

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POWER TO SPARK DEBATE: President Michael D Higgins is sworn in last Sunday. Photo: Tony Gavin

POWER TO SPARK DEBATE: President Michael D Higgins is sworn in last Sunday. Photo: Tony Gavin

POWER TO SPARK DEBATE: President Michael D Higgins is sworn in last Sunday. Photo: Tony Gavin

Noel Browne was a man before his time. A TD across five decades, Browne is best remembered for his early years in politics, especially when in 1948 he was appointed health minister on his first day in the Dail.

The title of Browne's best-selling autobiography, Against the Tide, sums up his independent streak. During his political career, Browne proposed what were considered radical social policies at the time in relation to divorce, contraception, gay rights and abortion.


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