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It’s the end of the world as we know it! Or at least, the end of book-banning craic in Ireland, which for some of the god-fearing citizens of that country possibly amounts to much the same thing. Our story, reported in full in the Saturday’s Irish Times, begins back in 1930 when the newly-formed Irish State, reeling in shock at …

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Happy

Well, come on the, give us the line

@In one case – that of Kate O’Brien’s Land of Spices (1941) – a single line of text appears to have sufficed for the work to receive a ban.

it is ....

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Do I need a title when I am replying to a post?

...... 'She saw her father and Etienne, in the embrace of love'

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Isn't it encouraging

that even in the land of philistine IT geeks, we can still get someone who can answer a question like that?

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Unhappy

well, it's

a bit less stimulating than i was hoping for. Where are the S&M lesbian nuns?

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Well no.

Nobody can afford the books to be offended by any more.

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Anonymous Coward

Or else

Their too busy browsing porn on the net to have any time for literature.

Unless a country is going to be really serious about this censorship thing, it becomes rather irrelevant.

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Headmaster

Correction

They're, not their.

I stand embarrassed.

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Am I the only one ...

who sees this as a challenge?

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and so they are dragged kicking and screaming into the 17th century

careful now

Down with this sort of t'ing

etc

etc

etc

credulous dullards

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WTF?

Hang on

How much does it cost in taxpayers money to run a 5 person board for 12 years that's looked at an entire 1 book in that time? Average cost per book submitted for censoring (or ACBSC for short) could be a new Register standard measurement for wasteful government spending.

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Happy

More importantly...

Do they have any vacancies?

Please!

And remember... I was here first.

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Boffin

Is there a full list anywhere

Does anyone have a full archive of this list of recommended titles? Purely for research purposes.

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Such is the world we live in...

I've never seen the point of banning anything.

Making age limits!? okay fair enough! but banning!

If your going to Ban the free expressions and ideas of our species then you may of well ban evolution (yes! yes! certain areas of the world)

Anything you ban goes underground! then you really do get the sickos!

IMO Really is better that everything be on the table, That way at least you cant say you didnt know what you were getting into!

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Says it all.

"The decline of the church’s influence over the last 20 years has had a major impact."

I think that you could reduce the entire article to that one sentence and you would pretty much sum up the gist of the thing.

Really, I cannot for the life of me fathom why it is ever a good thing to bad any idea or any literature. If you don't want to read something, don't read it.

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Big Brother

Um, you don't understand the mindset of the censors

In their opinion, they are of a superior intellect and high moral fibre, and can read this sort of thing with a detached air of bemusement. You* on the other hand, are weak willed, and low moralled, and thus must be saved from yourself by hiding this filth from you.

*No, not You, per se, just anyone that's not Them.

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Pint

Censorship - That takes me back to when I was a child.

In 1953 or perhaps '54 I live in a Devonshire village called Uffculme. On Tuesday nights my dad went to the pub next door to watch a film, and then on the next evening I would go down to the village hall, pay my 4d - ( just over 2p in modern currency) to watch the film.

Except one Wednesday my father told me that the village watch committee (O.K. all the men in the pub) has decided that the film was unsuitable. - Then he went to the pub to watch it again.

It's the old joke isn't it.

Chairman of the watch committee (local censorship committee), "Well gentlemen, shall we watch it one more time before we ban it?"

Any suggestions as the the banned film? ;-)

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Headmaster

<pedant>

4d is 1.67p, or just /under/ 2p </pedant>

> Any suggestions as the the banned film?

From Here To Eternity ?

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Age limits aren't enough

ooFie - do you understand the amount of damage that has been caused by Ivor Horton's beginning C++ ? What age limit would you set on "Introducing sharepoint for pointy haired bosses"?

Sometimes this sick material has to be banned for the good of society

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I hear that Ireland's Treasury balance sheet

....is widely available and commonly thought of as obscene.

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@Pierre

The Wild One?

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Troll

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

Irish? Who cares!

The last good Irish was William Wallace.

And he was not even Irish.

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Joke

God is not mocked!

At least not in Ireland, and certainly not in print !!!!

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I Found the list

http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/JELR/Register%20of%20Prohibited%20Publications%202009.pdf/Files/Register%20of%20Prohibited%20Publications%202009.pdf it's in PDF though

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Boffin

"unlikely titles...

"...such as Startling Detective or True Detective Mysteries."

Err, aren't those the ones whose covers would feature full colour drawings of busty young ladies with loose blouses or ripped skirts being bound up or attacked or fleeing from assailants along with lurid stories of vice and drugs and general depravity?

Nope, nothing for the prudes to get upset about there...!

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