Update:

Despite the commitment below from a minister we are awaiting official confirmation that the promise will be broken. As of 17th December 2014 the latest unconfirmed reports from the Irish Times are as follows:

“As well as the same-sex marriage referendum, and the vote to lower the age limit for presidential candidates from 35 to 21, another two are outstanding arising from the constitutional convention. One is to lower the voting age from 18 to 16, and the other is to remove the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution.

While a Government spokesman said the voting age referendum is still being considered, it is highly unlikely any more referendums will be held during the remainder of the Coalition’s term of office.”

Our original page was as follows (and will be amended once the official position has been confirmed):

In 2015 the voters in Ireland will be asked to vote on whether to remove the crime of blasphemy from the Constitution, Junior Minister Aodhán Ó’Ríordáin told the Dáil:

The Government accepts the main recommendation of the [Constitutional Convention], which is that a referendum should be held on removing the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution.

Article 40 of the Irish Constitution states that:

The publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law.

Furthermore, Section 36 of the 2009 Defamation Act outlines a fine of up to €25,000 for anyone convicted of the offence.

The law defines blasphemy as publishing or saying something “grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matter held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion.”

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