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June 12: the day we chose democracy over theocracy

Published 13/06/2013 | 17:00

IT felt as if there should have been a thunderclap. But yesterday, when separation of church and State finally happened in Ireland, it was heralded neither with a bang nor a whimper.

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And it wasn't the end of the world, either. On the contrary, a beginning seemed possible – a chance for tolerance and pluralism to put down roots.

The long-awaited division between church and State was revealed by a few sentences from the heart during Leaders' Questions in the Dail: a short yet impassioned statement from a Taoiseach who understands where duty lies. And it isn't in Rome.

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