Ahern proposes Autumn referendum on blasphemy

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Re: Ahern proposes Autumn referendum on blasphemy

Post by chemicals » Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:03 am

lostexpectation wrote:every party is in favour, surely 'we' do nothing it passes.
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Re: Ahern proposes Autumn referendum on blasphemy

Post by Feardorcha » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:31 am

We won in Lisbon 1. :lol:
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Re: Ahern proposes Autumn referendum on blasphemy

Post by Bik » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:47 am

Yep, if the proposal to remove the blasphemy law was rejected we could just re-run the referendum as those who voted against it obviously wouldn't understand what they were rejecting :roll:
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Re: Ahern proposes Autumn referendum on blasphemy

Post by peter63 » Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:37 pm

In today's Irish Times:
THERE WERE no plans in “the immediate future” for a referendum deleting the constitutional prohibition on blasphemy, Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern told the Dáil.
Pressed by Mr Rabbitte to say if the blasphemy referendum would be included with a referendum on children’s rights, Mr Ahern said that no decision had been made.

Mr Ahern added that a Minister could not make such a decision in the Dáil. He added: “It has to be made by Government, and, obviously, the content relating to how we would deal with the article in the Constitution – whether we would take it out all together and leave it and say nothing or to adhere to some of the recommendations that have been made by the committee on the Constitution – all of those things would be taken into account.” He added that they would “wait and see” how it would be dealt with.
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ire ... 97750.html
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Re: Ahern proposes Autumn referendum on blasphemy

Post by Conor » Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:01 pm

Peter,

I've just had a look at the Dail exchanges yesterday, and I'm not sure they're quite as bad as the Irish Times report suggests. They certainly weren't hugely reassuring, but a charitable view might be that Dermot Ahern did support the principle of a referendum and did suggest it could take place later this year, but wasn't willing to be backed into a corner in public by his political opponents. We can only wait and see for now, but I still think it's probably going to happen.

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Re: Ahern proposes Autumn referendum on blasphemy

Post by peter63 » Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:55 pm

Conor wrote: ...but a charitable view might be that Dermot Ahern did support the principle of a referendum and did suggest it could take place later this year, but wasn't willing to be backed into a corner in public by his political opponents.
You might be correct there, Conor


Exchange between Pat Rabbitte and Dermot Ahern yesterday:
You may have to click on + sign next to Priority Questions to show "Referendum on Blasphemy"
http://debates.oireachtas.ie/DDebate.as ... =H9-2#H9-2
[EDIT: added "You may have to click on + sign next to "Priority Questions" to show "Referendum on Blasphemy"
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Re: Ahern proposes Autumn referendum on blasphemy

Post by lostexpectation » Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:44 am

he's in no hurry, ff is never in hurry to legislate on most issues, all he has to say is that they need to readdress abortion first and then put that off too
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