Government approach to blasphemy vote an insult

Government approach to blasphemy vote an insult
Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Justice: casual about blasphemy referendum Fergal Phillips

An hour-long canvass by the Minister for Justice constitutes a campaign when it comes to asking the Irish people to solemnly change the one document that affects all our lives

Irish democracy has an exceptional pedigree. We were one of the first countries in the world to grant the vote to women. Ireland was one of the few European countries to have secured independence between two world wars that did not subsequently collapse.

That deep-seated commitment to democratic values is most obviously expressed through the instrument of constitutional referendum.

Ireland resides in an exclusive club in our belief that political issues can be decided through...

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