No Porn in Ireland

There is a story that a T.D. (member of the Irish Parliament) once claimed that there was so sex in Ireland until the arrival of broadcaster RTE.  Niall Stokes told me a story in his in his early days as Hot Press editor coming home through Dublin Airport having a copy of Playboy confiscated – he had bought it for a John Lennon interview.

But there is sex in Ireland now; I asked for directions in Dublin a few months ago and the helpful passerby directed me “Past the Anne Summer’s shop …”.  I do believe my jaw dropped just a little.   There is even sex.ie (don’t get too excited – it’s hardly worth the click – but you will, won’t you …).  OK I’ll wait, then.

Back?  Crap isn’t it?  Back to the story. (UPDATE – the site has changed since 2006. So that comment in on the original not current site. March 2012)

According to today’s Sunday Times (Ireland edition)

“A business manwho tried to register the porn.ie domain namehas been refused under Section 3.4 of the .ie naming policy which states thatwebsite addresses ‘must not be offensive or contrary to public policy or generally accepted principles of morality’

According to both the Irish register of the .ie internet domain extension and the Companies Registration Office (CRO), the word “porn” is a danger to public morality.”

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According to the same paper  Irish students beat world at drinking .

 

The country is going to the dogs …..

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