Repression has been as much a part of the Irish climate as rain. When Ireland finally became an official Free State in 1922, it adopted a constitution that in many respects codified Roman Catholic catechism. Divorce, contraception, and abortion were outlawed. Au-thors were banned. The Vatican loomed large, like Big Brother in a white collar. Of course, much has changed in the intervening decades—yet divorce only became legal in Ireland in 1995, condom machines have been around less than a decade, and Irish women must still furtively head to Britain for an abortion. The downpour may have subsided, but a... More >>>