"John P. Looney" wrote:
> Ireland doesn't have the much-vaunted freedom of speech in it's
> consitution, that the US pretends to have. There are strong incitement to
> riot, incitement to hatred and libel laws, which bang to together to allow
> a judge issue a warrant to seize whatever the police want, be it paper or
> electronic, on the flimsiest of pretences.
We have article 40.6, which is
1° The State guarantees liberty for the exercise of the following
rights, subject to public order and morality:
1. The right of the citizens to express freely their convictions
The education of public opinion being, however, a matter of such grave
import to the common good, the State shall endeavour to ensure that
organs of public opinion, such as the radio, the press, the cinema,
while preserving their rightful liberty of expression, including
criticism of Government policy, shall not be used to undermine public
order or morality or the authority of the State.
The publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent
matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law.
2. The right of the citizens to assemble peaceably and without
Provision may be made by law to prevent or control meetings which are
determined in accordance with law to be calculated to cause a breach of
the peace or to be a danger or nuisance to the general public and to
prevent or control meetings in the vicinity of either House of the
3. The right of the citizens to form associations and unions.
Laws, however, may be enacted for the regulation and control in the
public interest of the exercise of the foregoing right.
2° Laws regulating the manner in which the right of forming associations
and unions and the right of free assembly may be exercised shall contain
no political, religious or class discrimination.
In other words, freedom of speech is allowed, except where said speech
is seditious, undermines the authority of the state, indecent or
blasphemous (my favourite).
David Neary, E-Mail dave.neary at palamon.ie
Palamon Technologies Ltd. Phone +353-1-634-5059
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