This chapter argues that there was a suppression of any public acknowledgment of the reality of sexual crime, immorality, child abuse, family breakdown and poverty in the Irish Free State. A tactic borne of a desire by the post-colonial elite to preserve the nation’s founding myth of religiosity, purity and virtue, seen as central to the survival of the State and its religious mission. It was a crusade to create a cultural myopia, prosecuted by Church and State, through legislative and non-legislative means. A cause pursued so vigorously that it left those who bore witness to the illusory nature of the founding myths, no matter how inadvertently, to be branded as other, non-Irish, anti-Catholic, taboo figures to be feared and despised. A reality that contributed substantially towards the unchecked abuse of children in Ireland’s industrial and reformatory schools for decades to come.
|Title of host publication||Agontology, Power and Harm: The study of Ignorance in the Criminological Imagination.|
|Editors||Alana Barton, Howard Davis|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 12 Feb 2018|
- Child abuse
Keating, T. (Accepted/In press). The Ideology and Mechanics of Ignorance: Child Abuse in Ireland 1922-1973. In A. Barton, & H. Davis (Eds.), Agontology, Power and Harm: The study of Ignorance in the Criminological Imagination. Palgrave Macmillan.