On Feb 21st 1985, the Dáil held a vote on whether contraceptives should be sold legally to adults. It's hard to believe that the sale of condoms was illegal until then, but nevertheless there had to be a vote and a surprisiong number of TD's who are still active in politics voted against the change.
That's right, 25 years, people like Mary Harney and Brian Cowan believed that adults should not have legal access to condoms in this country.
Here's the debate- Dil ireann - Volume 356 - 21 February, 1985 - Health (Family Planning) (Amendment) Bill, 1985: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Final Stages.
scroll down to see who voted in favour and who was opposed.
Some other well known names who thought condoms should be illegal -