Mary Kenny explores why prostitution and spanking are still practiced in Ireland.
A couple of years ago in Listowel I heard Frank McCourt, the celebrated author of Angela’s Ashes, express astonishment that there existed in modern Ireland such phenomena as pornography, prostitution and the scandals of rape, incest or paedophile assault.
“I thought all that would disappear when the Irish got modern about sex and stopped being repressed,” he said.
How, I wondered, did Frank get to be 75 years old and not yet discover that human nature doesn’t change very much? Read more