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Frank McCourt and Crime in Ireland Today

Now that smacking is so frowned upon, I am told that spanking is all the rage among 'sex addicts'
Extract from article in Irish Independent, May 10 2008 by Mary Kenny

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? ........