Friday 15 December 2017

If Pastafarianism is not recognised as an official religion in this country, why not?

Already, in America, most recently in the State of Massachusetts, people have won the legal right to wear a colander on their head in their official ID. Photo: PA
Already, in America, most recently in the State of Massachusetts, people have won the legal right to wear a colander on their head in their official ID. Photo: PA
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

It's likely that few people outside his own home have ever heard of Irish man Noel Mulryan, and it's equally likely that those who did know him never expected him to become this country's latest religious martyr.

Yet that is exactly what has happened to Mr Mulryan, following the decision by the Road Safety Authority to refuse to renew his driver's licence.

The issue was with his chosen photograph, which saw him pose with a colander on his head. Once the RSA denied him the right to wear his favourite strainer on his head for the photograph, he appealed to the Workplace Relations Commission, which upheld the original decision and rejected the appeal.

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