Alan Shatter: A complaint to the board alleged that his novel, written when he was  a backbencher, was “obscene”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government has unveiled the appointment of a new chairman and membership of the Censorship of Publications Board to deal w(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter:  his book, Laura,  is the only publication to be referred to the  censorshop board in the last five years and no publication has been banned since 2003

The Censorship of Publications Board cannot be abolished until a complaint about Minister for Justice Alan Shatter’s novel Laura is dealt with, the Dá(...)

 Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter’s novel Laura is the only publication to be referred to the Censorship of Publications Board in the last five years (...)

A novel written by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and published in 1989 deals with the private life of a fictional rural TD who tries to get his secretary, with whom he has an affair, to have an abortion. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said he transferred responsibility for book censorship from his department in order to avoid any possible percei(...)

Minister Alan Shatter: complaints have led to his novel being reissued

A “steamy” novel written by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter 24 years ago when he was a backbencher has prompted him to transfer responsibility for c(...)

Connemara priest and author Fr Pádraig Standún has paid tribute to Taoiseach Enda Kenny for his stance on the abortion legislation. The critici(...)

Liam O’Flaherty: The House of Gold was suppressed by the Irish Censorship of Publications Board the year after its release in 1929, as it believed it fell into the category of being “indecent” or “obscene”.  Photograph: NYPL Digital Gallery/Wikipedia

Greed, priestly lust, alcoholism, sexual frustration and murder are among the themes of the first novel to be banned in Ireland, which is due to be pu(...)