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Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary Lou McDonald: ...report, on the right to vote of citizens resident outside the State, was 26 March. Therefore, it is three months overdue. The deadline for the Government's response to the convention’s sixth report, on blasphemy, was 27 May. It is now one month overdue. Can the Taoiseach state why there are delays and when we might expect a response? More important, when will there be a debate...

Order of Business (1 Jul 2014)

Gerry Adams: ...months for the Government to respond to its recommendations. The official response to the convention's fourth report, on electoral reform, was due last December. The deadline for the Government's response to the fifth report, on the right of citizens resident outside the State to vote, was in March. The deadline for the Government's response to the sixth report, on blasphemy, was in...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Constitutional Convention Recommendations (24 Jun 2014)

Enda Kenny: ...elections for citizens living outside the State and is being considered by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, while the sixth report, on removal of the mention of blasphemy in the Constitution, is being considered by the Department of Justice and Equality. The seventh, eighth and ninth reports respectively contain recommendations concerning Dáil...

Seanad: Racism in Ireland: Motion (4 Jun 2014)

Ivana Bacik: ...any objective lay person, but prosecutions have failed because they could not get over this hurdle. Clearly, the Act must be revised. The Constitutional Convention this year looked at replacing the blasphemy offence in the Constitution and the archaic, yet recent, statutory definition of blasphemy introduced by the former Minister, Mr. Dermot Ahern, in the Defamation Act, bizarrely, with...

Order of Business (28 May 2014)

Mary Lou McDonald: ...to the convention's fifth report on voting rights for citizens outside the State, which was due over one month ago? Yesterday was the deadline for the Government's response to the sixth report on blasphemy. Can the Taoiseach explain the delay and confirm that these reports will be debated separately in the House?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Garda Oversight: Discussion (14 May 2014)

Dr. Des Hogan: We were recently asked by the Department of Justice and Equality to provide some observations on the recommendation on blasphemy from the Constitutional Convention. Our response was that as a first step, the Prohibition of the Incitement to Hatred Act needs to be urgently reviewed, including the number of prosecutions taken under that, questions of evidential burden and...

Seanad Public Consultation Committee: Irish Compliance with International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Discussion (6 May 2014)

...human right. Without expression, we have so little. The Oireachtas might wish to examine that, considering that UN bodies have criticised Ireland for an excessively enthusiastic constitutional provision on blasphemy. The complexity of Ireland’s engagement with the EU and its European commitments will not be the primary focus of attention of the UN Human Rights Committee’s...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Referendum Campaigns (11 Feb 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Gerry Adams: ...I attended, whether citizens living outside this State, including citizens in the North, should be allowed to vote in presidential elections here, which debate I also attended, and the offence of blasphemy. It is important citizens can voice their views on such issues as soon as possible. Is there any possibility they will have an opportunity to do so before this term of Government runs out?

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights Issues (22 Jan 2014)

Maureen O'Sullivan: ...and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the prosecution of a person (details supplied) in Pakistan, who is sentenced to death by hanging on the basis of charges of blasphemy; if he has made representations to the Pakistani authorities in relation to this case and the general persecution of Muslims converting to Christianity, which is forbidden in some...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights Issues (21 Jan 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: ...to Pakistan at the time called upon the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad to convey our concern at the conviction and sentence. He also expressed our disquiet at the nature of Pakistan’s blasphemy law. Officials in my Department keep in regular contact with the Embassy of Pakistan on this and a number of other issues. At European level, freedom of religious belief and...

Seanad: Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold (16 Jan 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

David Norris: An example is the blasphemy business, which was complete nonsense. I remember saying, when the Bill on blasphemy was debated in the House, that within a matter of weeks some of the Muslim countries would point to Ireland as an example. Within a month Pakistan did so, but both Houses pushed the legislation through on the instruction of the Government. That is another example of why we...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Legislative Measures (7 Nov 2013)

Alan Shatter: ...and prison penalties - a term of up to 2 years imprisonment was possible. The provisions in sections 36 and 37 have regard to the legal advice from successive Attorneys General in the context of blasphemy, to the effect that we must address this matter as a constitutional obligation and ensure no default in compliance with the Constitution in relation to Article 40.6.1.i. Thus, in...

Seanad: Order of Business (6 Nov 2013)

Ivana Bacik: ...the chairperson of the convention, to speak to us not only about that recommendation but also about the range of recommendations the convention has made, including the most recent recommendation on blasphemy. It recommended last weekend that this offence should be deleted from the Constitution. It would be good to hear from Mr. Arnold about the work the convention has done and the work...

Order of Business (5 Nov 2013)

Enda Kenny: ...submitted. The Deputy will be aware that, following its most recent deliberations, the Constitutional Convention recommended change in respect of the articles in the Constitution which deal with blasphemy. The Government has decided that the matter raised by the Deputy and a number of others should be put to the people by mid-2015. On gay marriage, the preparatory legislation in respect...

Seanad: Order of Business (5 Nov 2013)

Ivana Bacik: ...Convention recommendation. It is very welcome. I was one of the many legislators who attended the convention this weekend, where a majority voted in favour of a removal of the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution. I hope we will see other referenda also taking place on similar recommendations of the convention.

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Constitutional Amendments (22 Oct 2013) See 1 other result from this answer

Patrick Nulty: 388. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps he will take to repeal the 2009 blasphemy legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44128/13]

Second Report of the Convention on the Constitution (Women in the Home): Statements (Resumed) (10 Oct 2013)

Maureen O'Sullivan: ...shall endeavour by appropriate means to promote equality in politics." I acknowledge the commitments given by the Minister in his opening speech. The Constitutional Convention, which is to complete its work shortly, will discuss the issue of blasphemy at its November meeting. Consideration will then be given in the new year to the establishment of a further convention and possible...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Programme for Government Implementation (16 Jul 2013)

Enda Kenny: ...years and aligning it with the local and European elections, Provision for same-sex marriage, Amending the clause on women in the home and encourage greater participation of women in public life, Removing blasphemy from the Constitution, Possible reduction of the voting age, Other relevant constitutional amendments that may be recommended by the Convention. In Progress Reduce the number...

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) (10 Jul 2013)

Denis Naughten: ...we must legislate for the X case. That is not the case and a number of examples have been given. I outlined one example on Second Stage. The Government parties made the argument well on the issue of blasphemy. We introduced legislation at the time, which we knew could never be implemented, because there is a blatant reference in the Constitution that we must provide for a law of...

Seanad: An Bille um an Dara Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Deireadh a Chur le Seanad Éireann) 2013: An Dara Céim (Atógáil) - Thirty-second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Éireann) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed) (27 Jun 2013)

Aideen Hayden: ...include the review of the electoral system; reduction of the presidential term to five years; provision for same-sex marriage; deletion of outdated clauses on women in the home; the removal of blasphemy from the Constitution; and the possible reduction of the voting age. These are important matters in the life and future of the Constitution and as I already have stated, I believe the...

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