Update: Dáil paves the way for a referendum on blasphemy legislation



Update – 7.43pm: The Dáil has adopted legislation to allow a referendum on the removal of the reference to blasphemy from the constitution.

The bill will go to the Seanad after it has passed unhindered in the Dáil tonight.

The vote will take place on the same day as the presidential elections on 26 October.

Previously: Charlie Flanagan: Removing Blasphemy Law from the Constitution & # 39; would confirm our status as a modern, democratic society & # 39;

The reference to blasphemy in the constitution must be deleted, according to Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan.

Mr Flanagan is trying to adopt legislation tonight, so that there can be a referendum on the subject.

It will be held on the same day as the presidential elections on 26 October.

Minister Flanagan said that the blasphemy laws are outdated.

He said: "I believe that it comes at the right time to confirm our belief in a more inclusive society where communication between those of different belief systems can take place on an equal basis with tolerance and respect as guiding principles.

"I recognize that removing the violation of our Constitution is at first sight a relatively small thing.

"Nevertheless, I believe it is very symbolic in a very tangible way and it would confirm our status as a modern, democratic society."


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