The Politics of Sexual Morality in Ireland

The Politics of Sexual Morality in Ireland

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The research for this book was prompted by a combination of events, in particular the election of Mary Robinson as President of Ireland (November 1990) and the X case which rocked Irish society (February 1992). The book is an exploration of the dynamics between the Irish and European courts, the legislators and the Irish citizens in relation to certain socio-sexual questions: divorce, contraception, abortion and homosexuality. Spanning the years since the creation of the Irish State, it questions the nature of the moral order regulating Irish society and the concept of democracy underlying it: from a moral order based on the natural law and Victorian ideology, to a moral order based on the fundamental rights of individuals. In the process, Ireland has swapped a crude concept of democracy based on majority rule, for one based on the rights of minorities of all kinds to be decriminalised and consensus so that all, be they Catholic, Protestant, atheist, homosexual or divorced, can live together harmoniously. The book examines the fragile balance struck between tradition and modernity, and is an indirect tribute to the work of former President Mary Robinson as a constitutional lawyer and more

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  • Electronic book text | 296 pages
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • 0230597858
  • 9780230597853

About Chrystel Hug

CHRYSTEL HUG spent six years in Ireland, where she taught French at University College Cork. Sensing in 1992 that momentous changes were happening in Irish society, she focused her research on the regulation of sexual morality as per the Catholic Church and the State. After completing her Doctorate in Irish Studies, she was posted to the French Embassy in the UK as Education Attache for Scotland and Northern Ireland. She has published in French journals of Irish studies and regularly takes part in international conferences on Irish more

Table of contents

Introduction Divorce: From an Indissoluble Bond... Divorce: ...To the Right to a Second Chance Contraception: From the Protection of Public Morality... Contraception: ...To a Responsible Sexuality for All Abortion: From the Right to Life... Abortion: ... To the Right to Live Homosexuality: From a Crime Against Nature... Homosexuality: ...To a Right to (Homo)Sexual Privacy Conclusion Bibliography Indexshow more