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Is Libertas a Catholic version of the DUP?

Posted by Jason O on May 21, 2009 in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty |

A report from The Economist here. Given that Libertas  STILL has not published a detailed manifesto, we’re still not sure what it stands for on non-Lisbon issues. However, as this piece points out, and its Irish candidates utterances confirm, there is a religious undertone to the party, and not a nice Church of Ireland happy clappy one either.

Seriously, aside from Lisbon, what have we heard from some Libertas candidates? Stop foriegn workers, Euthanasia, Abortion, and Same Sex Marriage. 

There are a fair few people who will vote for that platform. But let’s be up front about what it is that we’re been asked to vote for. There is a section of the country that will always bow to the will of the Catholic Church, and they are as entitled as any to their own political party. But given the week that is in it, and the report issued, you’ll forgive me, a Catholic, from not being too enthused about letting the Catholic Church and their lay battalions too near any levers of power either here or in Strasbourg.    

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