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  Ireland to vote on removing blasphemy as an offence
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jun 12, 2018 08:46pm
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CategoryProposed Legislation
AuthorReuters
News DateTuesday, June 12, 2018 07:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIreland will hold a referendum in October to remove the offence of blasphemy from its constitution, Charlie Flanagan, the justice and equality minister, has said.

The Irish government has approved the preparation of a bill to remove blasphemy as part of a commitment to constitutional reforms. The referendum will probably be held on the same day as the presidential election.

Government ministers see last month’s abortion referendum as a milestone on a path to change for a country that was one of Europe’s most socially conservative a few decades ago, and are keen to push forward with other constitutional reforms.
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