Below here are a collection of articles related to the 2006-2009 Defamation Bill which was modified by Dermot Ahern TD to include a criminalisation for Blasphemy. This was presented by the Fianna Fáil and Green parties as a constitutional imperative. Ireland’s Blasphemy criminalisation was enacted on January the first 2010.
Since time of this enactment neither current nor previous government has approached the issue of a referendum to remove the offense of blasphemy from the Irish constitution…..
Urgent Need for Irish Constitutional Referendum on Blasphemy
The Executive Committee of Irish PEN, the Irish Centre for PEN International, is campaigning for a constitutional referendum to be held on blasphemy in the Republic of Ireland by the end of 2011… (click here to read the entire PEN statement)
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|1. Faith and Free Speech: Defamation of Religions and Freedom of Expression|
|September 16, 2010 | U. N. Building | GenevaUnited Nations side panel discussion with Dr. Agnes Callamard, Professor Tariq Ramadan, Budhy M. Rahman; moderated by John Ralston Saul|
2. International Pen: Writers Urge U.N. to Abandon Efforts to Prohibit Defamation of Religions, Concentrate Instead on Respect-Building Initiatives
3. Amending the Law on Blasphemous Libel Speech by Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform at the Dail Committee on Justice, Equality Defence and Women’s Rights Wednesday, 20th May, 2009
4. Ireland voted against the UN resolution in 2009; see Annex IX here: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2009/gashc3966.doc.htm
5. OSCE argues against blasphemy law: Europe’s top security and human rights watchdog has urged Ireland not to preserve blasphemous libel as a crime. http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0519/defamation.html
6. WiPC 2008 Resolution: Defamation of religions The Assembly of Delegates of International PEN, meeting at its 74th Congress in Bogota, Colombia, 17-22 September 2008
7. Art 19 , OSCE. publ 2006: “We welcome the abolition of the common law offences of blasphemous, obscene and seditious libel in section 34 of the Defamation Bill…