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Ireland (known officially as Republic of Ireland, and sometimes as Eire to distinguish from Northern Ireland) is a European country which practices Christianity, mainly Catholicism. Its languages are English and Irish Gaelic.

General censorship[]

Many of the works listed were banned up from after the 1916 Easter Rising due to the heavy influence of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Things such as teachings that didn't abide by Catholic Church ruling, feminism, sexual content, divorce, homosexuality, wedlock, and the like were among prohibited. However, eventually the Catholic Church's influence in the government started to lower down by the 1960s, and so did the censors.

Book censorship[]

Under Irish law, a book can only be initially banned for twelve years. Board members must read the submissions and then decide by majority on whether to censor a text. The process of book-banning being almost totally extinct in Ireland now, the book was the first banned in nearly twenty years and the decision made national news.

  • Publications such as The People, Sunday Chronicle, Daily Mail, and Illustrated Police News were forbidden by the 1926 Committee on Evil Literature due to lurid descriptions of violence and sex. The ban was lifted in 2012.
  • Womens' lifestyle magazines such as Vogue, Woman's Weeklyand Woman's World were banned for discussing women's issues that are in conflict with what Irish women were brought up to believe (including an advertisement for depilatory cream). The ban on these magazines was lifted in 2012.
  • News of the World was banned until its shutdown in 2011.
  • With the exception of college magazines, any book regarding the topic of abortion was banned or edited out until the 2018 referendum repealed the anti-abortion Eight Amendment.
  • The Catcher in the Rye - this book was banned in 1951, the ban has since been lifted, and the book has become required reading in many schools.
  • A large amount of now world-famous Irish literature was banned for a time in Ireland, including writers like Liam O'Flaherty, Seán Ó Faoláin, Edna O'Brien, Oliver St John Gogarty, or the egregiously cruel treatment of storyteller Timothy Buckley and his wife Anastasia, whose stories of married life in The Tailor And Ansty were considered obscene, with even an actual book Burning taking place outside their house. Contrary to what many people believed, James Joyce's Ulysses was never banned in Ireland - in fact, it was never printed or imported in the country in the first place, because they were certain it would be banned if it was.
  • The Raped Little Runaway - this book was banned for depictions of child rape.

Movie censorship[]

Until 2006, even filming a horror or witchcraft film in Ireland was virtually impossible, due to laws against practicing witchcraft or the supernatural.

  • Casablanca - banned due to its portrayal of the Nazis infringing on an act preserving wartime neutrality (Ireland was neutral during the war). A cut version removing dialogue about Rick and Ilsa's love affair was eventually passed, before the movie was released uncut.
  • Monkey Business - This film by the Marx Brothers was banned, as the censors thought it might encourage "anarchic tendencies". The ban was lifted in 2000.
  • Freaks - initially banned due to its portrayal of disabled people.
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian - this film banned in Ireland from 1979 until 1987.
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life - banned from 1983 until 1990.
  • Natural Born Killers - this film was banned on initial release, but it has since been lifted.
  • A Clockwork Orange - banned due to excessive violence until 2000.
  • Cannibal Holocaust, Last Tango in Paris and Baise-moi - these films were banned their initial releases.
  • Porky's - this film was banned for two weeks after initial release.
  • The 2010 re-release of I Spit on Your Grave was banned.
  • Fantasia - this movie was banned and then recut on initial release in order to remove the Rite of Spring part, which according to a censor, "gave an entirely materialistic view on the origin of life" (most likely because said scene focuses on the Big Bang, something that would have been at odds with traditional Catholic beliefs). It has since been released entirely uncut.
  • Meet the Feebles - this film was banned in Ireland at some point, due to its over-the-top gore and adult themes.

Internet censorship[]

  • During the period of the 2018 referendum to repeal the Eight Amendment (which prohibited abortions within Ireland), Facebook and Google banned all advertisements from both sides, after it was found out that the anti-repeal movement had used foreign advertisers to increase their publicity.
  • The Pirate Bay was blocked on most internet services after 2009.
  • In March 2017, the AI app SimSimi was banned in both the Republic and Northern Ireland after many reports of cyber-bullying cases regarding the program. While the app can still be purchased from stores, any attempt to send a message will prompt a brief message regarding the ban and a quote against bullying.
  • The Irish government has prohibited Uber from doing private fares, fearing that it would cause an effect on Ireland's taxi industry and its Hail-O service.

TV censorship[]

From the 1970s, the Irish government started an institutional ban on the IRA. In 1988, they added a similar ban which applied to every terrorist organization in the UK, both being lifted in 1994, four years before the Good Friday Agreement. However, during this period, any material which mentioned The Troubles was not broadcast.

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation - in the episode "High Ground" with Data mentioned that Ireland was reunited in 2024 after a successful "terrorist" campaign. Such comment caused controversy for both sides in The Troubles that only in 2006 its full version was broadcast.

Video game censorship[]

  • Manhunt 2 - this game was banned in Ireland two weeks after its initial release due its gory violent content.
  • Omega Labyrinth Z - this game was banned due to its sexualized content involving girls who appear to be underage.


  • Many schools in Gaeltacht regions (regions with a predominantly Irish Gaelic-speaking population) enact rules or bans against speaking English during class, which is very common in summer-course Irish colleges, where even speaking a single sentence warrants being expelled from the course period. A particular case was when a creche (kindergarten) in Connemara divided bilingual children from non-bilingual children, despite already being an Irish Gaelic-speaking creche.
  • At one point, there were churches which separated male from female churchgoers. These became very obscure and nobody was surprised when the last church that did separation of gender discontinued it in 2017.