Sure Twas Better Thursday 27 July 2017
... In the 70s. Will Hanafin and his guests trawl the RTE radio archive to ask if life really was better in the old days... just how different were our attitudes to sex, religion and race and are misty-eyes and a nose for nostalgia essential when thinking about the past?
Sure 'Twas Better Thursday 27th July
On this week's Sure Twas Better .. in the 1970s...
Will Hanafin and his couchbound 30-somethings Jules Coll and Joanne McNally explore the underbelly of the seventies in Ireland, with long lost RTE archive clips.
From May 1976 there was controversy because CIE wanted to put piped music on their buses!
There was a contraceptive shortage in Galway in 1978, thanks to the customs and excise service! We hear from the manager of the Galway Family Planning Clinic Dorethea Melvin about her rapidly dwindling stocks.. and her 8,000 unhappy customers.... and Sure Twas Better has tracked down Dorethea in 2017 to ask her whether Ireland is better or worse since the seventies!Both Noel Browne and Mary Robinson brought in Bills during the seventies to liberalise contraception use.. with considerable opposition... We hear from them back then, and then Health Minister Charles Haughey, who eventually brought forward a Bill in 1978.
There's a grim warning from the medical profession that the rounds system is ruining the country back in the seventies and Fine Gael Minister Oliver J Flanagan was fearful about the decline in Ireland's moral back in the 70s. He claims that STI's were rampant among 11 year olds in England.
And back in 1979, on the tenth anniversary of the Troubles, shocking testimony from 12 year olds in Belfast's Turf Lodge about their attitude to British soldiers.