Irish call ahead of blasphemy referendum

Ireland goes to the polls today in a referendum to decide whether to abolish the blasphemy laws completely.

For the Church of Ireland, Bishop Kenneth Kearon of Limerick and Killaloe, said: “There is a fundamental human right to freedom of religion, but also the freedom of expression (within limits).

“However, the human right of faith communities to contribute to public life, including public debate on issues that are of importance to everyone, without being subjected to attack or ridicule, must be acknowledged and respected.”