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Padraig Reidy: Gerry Adams’ half-remembered Republican mythology

Padraig Reidy: Gerry Adams’ half-remembered Republican mythology

As with much half-remembered Republican mythology, Gerry Adams' quip at a US fundraiser wasn’t the whole story.

Padraig Reidy: Blasphemy laws protect only power, never people

Religious persecution is real, and should be fought. Freedom of belief is a basic right. But blasphemy laws protect only power, and never people.

Has Ireland reintroduced criminal libel?

Has Ireland reintroduced criminal libel?

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

Padraig Reidy: Why use the “offended” line? Because it works

Padraig Reidy: Why use the “offended” line? Because it works

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

Bad history and bad politics

Bad history and bad politics

Padraig Reidy on why we must combat taboos about discussing events of the past

Ireland’s RTE under fire for apology to Iona Institute

Ireland’s RTE under fire for apology to Iona Institute

Irish state-run television broadcaster RTE has come under heavy criticism after offering a full apology and possible financial compensation to the Iona Institute, a conservative Catholic lobby groups declared "homophobic" by a talk show guest. Hannah Cogan reports

Ireland: Legal threats from Catholic commentators put drag artist Panti in a twist

Ireland: Legal threats from Catholic commentators put drag artist Panti in a twist

A gay performer faces legal action after criticising "homophobic" journalists. But does this signal the weakness of traditional views on sexuality? Padraig Reidy reports

Irish Justice Minister’s erotic novel referred to censor’s board

Irish Justice Minister’s erotic novel referred to censor’s board

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

Sometimes censorship is complicated, and sometimes it’s really simple

Sometimes censorship is complicated, and sometimes it’s really simple

Padraig Reidy: Sometimes censorship is complicated, and sometimes it's really simple

Religion and free speech: it’s complicated

Religion and free speech: it’s complicated

For centuries, free speech and religion have been cast as opponents. Index looks at the complicated relationship between religion and free speech

Northern Ireland Police threaten academic freedom

Northern Ireland Police threaten academic freedom

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

Ireland: Second cleric to sue ‘Prime Time’ on sex allegation

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

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