Blasphemy: “It is incorrect of you to say that my party will vote for the proposed measure.”
The Defamation Bill is working its way through the Oireachtas, including in it a €25,000 fine for blasphemy. See here. Yet last May, in a query to Deirdre de Burca on the issue, this is what she replied:
” The proposed legislation on Blasphemy is something that has been mooted by Minister Dermot Ahern. It has not been discussed at Cabinet. My party is not in favour of legislating for it – we see many problems in what is being proposed. We cannot prevent the Minister of a given department from flagging something that he wishes to take action on, but it is incorrect of you to say that my party will vote for the proposed measure.”
Apparently, this bill is going to pass the Dail and Seanad without Green TDs or Senators voting for it?