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As with much half-remembered Republican mythology, Gerry Adams' quip at a US fundraiser wasn’t the whole story.
Religious persecution is real, and should be fought. Freedom of belief is a basic right. But blasphemy laws protect only power, and never people.
An Irish court has created a precedent where damage to a person’s reputation could lead to criminal sanction -- and no one seems to have noticed, writes Padraig Reidy
The archdiocese of Rio is offended and reportedly threatening to sue Italian broadcaster RAI for an advert showing the Christ The Redeemer statue wearing the Italy Jersey. Such complaints of “offence” are really demands for “respect” -- in the Corleone sense
Padraig Reidy on why we must combat taboos about discussing events of the past
A gay performer faces legal action after criticising "homophobic" journalists. But does this signal the weakness of traditional views on sexuality? Padraig Reidy reports
Alan Shatter's 24-year old work of fiction sent to censor amid controversy over abortion and police contact. Padraig Reidy reports. Plus: The full list of publications banned in Ireland
Padraig Reidy: Sometimes censorship is complicated, and sometimes it's really simple
For centuries, free speech and religion have been cast as opponents. Index looks at the complicated relationship between religion and free speech
As a crucial legal battle comes to a head, Anthony McIntyre explores the contempt for academic research and protection of confidential sources behind the courtroom drama
A second cleric is suing Irish public service broadcaster RTE for libel, after they accused him of child abuse. Former Archbishop Richard Burke claims he was named in the same Prime Time Investigates programme as Father Kevin Reynolds, whom RTÉ alleged had fathered a child while a missionary in Kenya. Burke admitted to having a sexual relationship with