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Padraig Reidy: Denis O’Brien, parliamentary privilege and the public interest

Padraig Reidy: Denis O’Brien, parliamentary privilege and the public interest

Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien got on an injunction on the reporting of a speech in parliament regarding his private banking relationships

Padraig Reidy: Stop saying this isn’t a “free speech issue”. It is.

Padraig Reidy: Stop saying this isn’t a “free speech issue”. It is.

One wishes sometimes we could be more honest. Say “this is a free speech issue, and I’m OK with this amount of censorship, for this reason”; then we can talk.

#IndexAwards2015: Arts nominee Rory “Panti Bliss” O’Neill

#IndexAwards2015: Arts nominee Rory “Panti Bliss” O’Neill

Rory O’Neill is a Dublin-based stand-up comedian and self-described accidental activist for gay rights, who sees his duty as “to say the unsayable”.

Padraig Reidy: Laugh? I nearly died. Of hunger

Padraig Reidy: Laugh? I nearly died. Of hunger

Those who have raised their voice attempting to prevent the development of a comedy show script based on the Irish famine are simply parading their ignorance

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

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