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By Tony Fahey, Bernadette C. Hayes, Richard Sinnott

This research provides a close comparability of cultural values and attitudes within the Republic of eire and northern eire. it's in accordance with survey facts protecting the interval from the Nineteen Seventies to 2003 yet focusing specially at the ecu Values examine (EVS) as fielded within the components of eire in 1999-2000. The examine confirms the deep divisions in identification and political allegiance that separate the Catholic and Protestant groups in Northern eire. however it additionally exhibits that on many matters, Protestants and Catholics at the island of eire are culturally extra just like one another than to the other nationwide inhabitants in Europe, together with Britain.

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Finally, the analysis included five items that were expected to figure on an anticipated left-right dimension. In the event only three of the five make the cut. 1 shows, the three items that are included in the dimension deal with attitudes to competition and to the role of the state in the provision of goods and services. One of the two excluded items deals with attitudes to the elimination of 26 Conflict and Consensus ‘big inequalities in income’ as an important characteristic of a just society.

From the point of view of mass attitudes and behaviour, therefore, the two parts 30 Religion 31 of Ireland seemed to present an exception to the secularising trend which many social scientists had long regarded as central to modernisation (Wilson, 1982; Dobbelaere, 1993; Lechner, 1991; Bruce, 1999, 2002; Halman and Riis, 1999). Some researchers sought out special features of the Irish case, such as its history of religious-ethnic conflict and the continuing importance of religiously-based ethnic identity, in order to explain this exceptionalism (Bruce, 1999: 23-26).

They began in 1992 when it emerged that Eamonn Casey, the Catholic bishop of Galway, had fathered a child some eighteen years previously and had used diocesan funds to support the mother. Matters worsened for the church when stories of physical and sexual abuse of children by priests and members of religious orders – many of them dating back to the 1960s – broke in the media and were confirmed in a series of highly publicised court cases. One of the first of these, which concerned the paedophile Norbertine priest, Brendan Religion 33 Smyth, gave rise to accusations that authorities within the Catholic Church had known about his activities since the 1960s and had failed to take meaningful action.

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