Freedom Of Speech in Ireland

Does Ireland's Free speech laws need reform?


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Is anyone else concerned with Irelands free speech laws? How can a country claim to protect their citizens freedom of expression and opinions while simultaneously containing laws that prohibit "the publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious or indecent matter". While I understand that seditious speech that incites imminent violence does not contribute to a stable republic, the unbelievably vague and tentative language is troubling. Why should the government have the authority to decide what speech is to be deemed 'indecent' and while we should all apreciate our judeo-christian origins and traditions, the idea that someone cannot speak utterances of blasphemous language is just absurd. Referendum needed! I would love to here your thoughts. Thanks.
 

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I see it getting much worse, they will soon I believe introduce hate speech laws and strengthen intolerance to religion. We have already seen a few leaks about how they want to control the Internet with our new public service card.

The Internet is something they need to control, it's sadly the last outpost of free speech and it's beyond their control. In the future websites like this will either have to shut down or re-locate to China to keep our rights to free speech.
 
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I see it getting much worse, they will soon I believe introduce hate speech laws and strengthen intolerance to religion. We have already seen a few leaks about how they want to control the Internet with our new public service card.

The Internet is something they need to control, it's sadly the last outpost of free speech and it's beyond their control. In the future websites like this will either have to shut down or re-locate to China to keep our rights to free speech.
It's a sad reality, I envy Americas first amendment.
 

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I think pornography should be banned. I wouldn't just allow in anything under the name of free speech. I'd be quite happy to ban any texts targeting specific groups of people for violence or intimidation (except Landlords and Capitalists, of course). But putting 90 year old grannies in jail for having a verboten understanding of historical events is just insanity. The convictions of the leaders of Britain First is simply political oppression - Britain has effectively declared itself a police state.
 
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Frankly, its the ideology that's at play more than specific laws that concern me.

There's plenty of police states that have had free speech laws even at constitutional standing. If this regime really felt threatened, it could pass laws, call the target speech "hate" and that'd be that. Particularity as Leinster Dosshouse is largely an echo-chamber,
 
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In order to be able to thoroughly think and constructively criticise specific areas of society or specific groups you have to risk being offensive. Offense is such a subjective term and there will always be someone that is offended by what you say or think that is why 'hate speech' needs to be protected as a constitutional right provided it does not incite imminent violence.
 
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Do they need to be reformed🍿📷🎥📞

I don't think so, it's the reform that will allow them to make them worse.
Are you quite happy to be prosecuted for blasphemy as under current law?
 
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