Sense and censorship
Tuairim and cultural conservatism
in Tuairim, intellectual debate and policy formulation
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Chapter 5 is concerned with censorship. This chapter examines Tuairim’s support for authors who had books banned and the interaction between Fr Peter Connolly, a representative of the liberal wing of the Catholic Church, and the society in its quest for reform of the system of censorship in operation in Ireland. Where moving the public towards an appreciation of the literary merits of novels remained incomplete, the society’s success in tackling controversial issues and attracting well-known individuals, such as Edna O’Brien, was significant in creating a climate of opinion where reforms could be introduced. The new laws implemented in 1967 successfully ended Tuairim and Connolly’s attempts to influence debate on this matter and facilitated the creation of a more open society.

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