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Corporal punishment in Irish schools pre-1982


Ireland abolished physical punishment of schoolkids in February of 1982.

Minister for Education John Boland issued a regulation on 26 January, effective the first of that next month.

If anecdotal evidence means anything, it seems that beatings and other, more-creative forms of hurting kids had been practiced in almost every public school in the country.

It was normal, endemic; accepted — institutionalized. Parents were complicit. The church was active and supportive — it was their school.