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Tag Archive: Ireland

Nov 04 2013

Atheist Ireland at the Constitutional Convention

Michael Nugent provides video and transcripts of three speeches Saturday at the Constitutional Convention meeting about blasphemy law. A bit from Michael’s: You have rights, your beliefs do not. That is the essence of freedom of conscience. You can respect my right to believe that there is no God, while not respecting the content of my …

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Nov 04 2013

Loosen the screws, the better to tighten them

Hmm, it’s good to get rid of a blasphemy law, but it’s not good to replace it with “a new general provision to include incitement to religious hatred” – meaning, apparently, to include something that forbids so-called incitement to religious hatred. Unfortunately that’s just what Ireland’s constitutional convention has recommended, according to the Irish Times. …

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Aug 02 2013

Priests who brooked no opposition of any kind

There’s a little book published in association with RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) in 1986, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl. It started as a series of radio interviews with writers, who then lived up to their job titles by writing up what they’d said. Polly Devlin included in her account a look at …

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Feb 05 2013

The Magdalene laundries

The report on the Magdalene laundries in Ireland is out. Between 1922 and 1996 around 10,000 women are known to have entered Magdalen laundries, working for no pay in what were lonely and frightening places. Senator McAleese and his committee were asked to outline the extent of state involvement and knowledge of the women in …

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Feb 02 2013

No you may not decide for you

The anti-abortion phalanx in Ireland is shouting louder than ever, according to the BBC. The groups taking part – Youth Defence, Pro Life Ireland and the Catholic organisation, the Iona Institute – testify to the polemical nature of the debate here. “Keep Your Promise!” they shout – a direct reference to a 2011 election pledge …

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Jun 13 2012

It’s still a Christian country

Cork city councillors don’t want no stinkin’ secularism. Cork city councillors say Ireland is a Christian country so there. A proposal to scrap a prayer at the start of a local authority meeting sparked an unholy row last night. Cork’s city councillors voted overwhelmingly against the move after a heated debate. Socialist Party councillor Mick …

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