Sunday 19 November 2017

David Quinn: The divide in Ireland is not one between various faiths -- but between religion itself and secularism

David Quinn

David Quinn

THE result of the latest Red C poll is not surprising given what Ireland has been through with respect to the church and religion since the last survey was conducted in 2005.

In that time, we have seen the publication of the Ryan report into institutional abuse, the Murphy report into abuse in the Dublin archdiocese and, last year, we had the publication of the Cloyne report.

It is notable that the Irish section of the opinion poll was conducted in December of last year. This was only a few months after the publication of the Cloyne report and Taoiseach Enda Kenny's famous speech attacking the church, and the Vatican in particular.

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