Thursday 15 November 2018

Blasphemy law may prompt signal of respect at a time when it is needed

Decision time: Garda Sgt John Gallagher and presiding officer Carmel McBride arrive by helicopter yesterday with a ballot box for the vote on Inishbofin island, Co Donegal. Photo: Reuters
Decision time: Garda Sgt John Gallagher and presiding officer Carmel McBride arrive by helicopter yesterday with a ballot box for the vote on Inishbofin island, Co Donegal. Photo: Reuters
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In one of his early essays on constitutional law, Donal Barrington addressed the relationship between Church and State in Irish law. He observed that the Constitution is infused with "intense veneration for almighty God", and remarked on how the clause on religion (Article 44) obliged the State to hold God's name in reverence and respect, and honour religion.

Even allowing for some recent and most unfortunate amendments to the Constitution, what Donal Barrington said still holds.

There is little that is new under the sun, however, and the nation heard a familiar refrain on RTÉ on Wednesday morning.

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