Monday 18 December 2017

Rare oul’ times weren’t so great

DECLAN Doyle’s descent into nostalgia (Letters, October 30) was somewhat disturbing.

Ireland should not look to an idealised image of the rare oul’ times. One only has to glance at the Ryan Report, observe the huge numbers of obligatory emigrants, or read the literature of the time to realise that Ireland was – and, to a degree, remains – a ghastly and infantilised State.

‘Bang-Bang’ may have enjoyed the run of Dublin, but countless mentally disabled people were abandoned in institutions to live and die as wards of the State.

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