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Mystery surrounds reform of our laws on blasphemy

Why the Government has decided to reform Ireland's blasphemy laws is a bit of a mystery. Maybe the ostensible reason is the actual reason, namely to bring legislation into line with the Constitution and to take account of the Supreme Court decision of 1999 which said it was impossible to say "of what the offence of blasphemy consists".

Or maybe the Government was lobbied by a religious group. But who?


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