Senators Ivana Bacik and Jillian van Turnhout  voting as members of the Convention on the Constitution  on whether the offence of blasphemy should be kept as it is in the Constitution. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

The constitutional offence of blasphemy should be replaced with a new general provision to include incitement to religious hatred, the constitutional (...)

Senator Ivana Bacik and Senator Jillian van Turnhout voting as members of the Convention on the Constitution today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The constitutional offence of blasphemy should be replaced with a new general provision to include incitement to religious hatred, the constitutional (...)

Setting out  options available to the constitutional convention’s 100 members, Dr Eoin O’Dell of Trinity College Dublin said the relevant section of the Constitution - Article 40.6.1(i) - could be left as it is or amended by removing the reference to “blasphemous” matter. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland’s crime of blasphemy is a “dead letter” that cannot be prosecuted, the constitutional convention has heard. Dr Neville Cox of Trinity C(...)

Chairman of the convention Tom Arnold said the issue of blasphemy would be discussed today
 (Sat)
 at a meeting in Malahide, Co Dublin. 
and 
Tomorrow, it 
the convention 
would begin discussing the 500 submissions which would be categorised under “four or five manageable headings by our academic and legal experts”.

The Constitutional ban on blasphemy will be discussed at the Constitutional Convention this weekend.The convention will also begin discussing more th(...)