John Charles McQuaid - A Ghost of Our Catholic Past

Through the mid 20th century John Charles McQuaid, the archbishop of Dublin was one of the most influential people in Ireland. McQuaid has come to symbolise not only the power of the Catholic Church at the time but also for many the abuse of that power. He exerted huge influence over successive Irish governments and was also in a position to censor what films and literature Irish people had access to. 

However despite his enormous influence he remains a somewhat elusive even shadowy figure to many. In this episode I interview Dr Aoife Bhreathnach, the host of the podcast Censored, about who exactly John Charles McQuaid was.

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