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A Tribunal, the Irish term for an Inquiry, was established under a judge. It was supposed to investigate how the young woman had come under suspicion and how she had been treated by the Guards. It soon turned into a third-degree interrogation of her; all the inquisitors were men, and all seemed to have the most remarkably stained view of women in general; you might say that the Madonna/Whore dichotomy was on full display. And while the young woman was publicly eviscerated, the silence of the Catholic church was deafening. Nor did there seem to be much in the way of compassion or care by "the authorities".
It's hard to understand today just how much hypocritical moralising was on display; we're told, for example, that one of the married men involved in the Tribunal took a woman not his wife to bed in an hotel during the proceedings.
The case and the publicity were another blow to the imperious Church, concerned as it was with its own regard, not so much with its members, other than to control them; another step on the way to a secular country, though this has still not been fully achieved. The Church was condemned by its own actions—and lack of actions—lessons which it has still not learned.
It's author is a well respected journalist.
How she let herself down, in my view. While the basic facts of the Kerry Babies are there the book is like a pantomime, where any Irish MAN is the big bad wolf and any Irish WOMAN is the suppressed down trodden victim.
Of course if you are a feminist you are entitled to these views and I am certain that Irish society was a lot more like that then, and maybe still is a bit now.
If, though, you are writing a factual work as a serious journalist then the reader deserves a debate with rational and well presented differentials and arguments, not an virulent anti man rant.
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