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Sun Oct 28, 2018, 12:37 PM

Ireland votes to oust 'medieval' blasphemy law

Yea, Ireland! Big news.

Campaigners in Ireland celebrated the end of a “medieval” ban on blasphemy on Saturday, after voters overwhelmingly backed removing the offence from the constitution in a referendum.

The referendum saw 64.85% vote yes to remove the prohibition on blasphemy, with 35.15% in favour of retaining it. A total of 951,650 people voted for the change, with 515,808 opposing the move. The decision on a turnout of 43.79%, was the latest reflection of seismic social and political changes in Ireland, which the taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has described as a “quiet revolution”.

“It means that we’ve got rid of a medieval crime from our constitution that should never have been there,” said Michael Nugent, chairperson of Atheist Ireland, which had campaigned for years to have blasphemy taken out of the constitution.

Until recently, Ireland was deeply conservative, dominated by the Catholic church, but the country has legalised gay marriage and abortion in popular votes, and is now led by an openly gay taoiseach.

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TomSlick Oct 2018 #1

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Sun Oct 28, 2018, 10:00 PM

1. As a descendant of "Orange Irish,"

I wonder that since the Republic of Ireland is no longer controlled by the Church and the English have voted to exit Europe and that will cause real problems with the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic and that threatens the Good Friday Accords - is it not time, at long last, for Ulster to leave the UK and join the Republic?

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