In 1964 controversy surrounded the appointment of two policemen at Kilrush harbour, Co. Clare.

In this 'Newsbeat' report titled 'Prostitution in Kilrush' Arthur Quinlan speaks to the Chairman of the Harbour Board, Mr. Jack Finlan, who says that the police were appointed to protect the public from injury when boats were docked. Quinlan also speaks to locals who are "up in arms against the decision" which is "giving them all a bad name", especially the women.  

One woman comments

There are only a few girls in the town who bother with sailors and we all know who they are.

The story goes that foreign boats are attracting young women to the harbour at night. The Chairman of the Harbour Board says that people are attracted to boats for many reasons.

This Newsbeat report was broadcast on 1 December, 1964.

'Newsbeat' was a half-hour feature programme presented by Frank Hall and ran for 7 years from September 1964 to June 1971.