Monday 16 December 2019

Not so 'special'

• On January 5, 1973, the Fifth Amendment to our Constitution was signed into law. Over 84pc of voters supported the deletion of Article 44.1.2, which "recognises the special position of the Holy Catholic Apostolic and Roman Church". This was a key step in the process of becoming a real and mature republic, where there is separation of church and state.

However, fast forward four decades and it appears that our Taoiseach has forgotten Ireland is a republic, as he has given special status to the Catholic Church by entertaining their delegation – led by a man whose failure to report abuse no doubt resulted in the preventable rape and torture of numerous innocent children.

Stephen Kearon
Ballinaclash, Co Wicklow

Irish Independent

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