«Who exactly was Ireland's minister for justice trying to placate with his insistence that new defamation legislation should contain a controversial prohibition on blasphemy?
The churches? Or a rightwing religious pressure group? No one else would have the slightest interest in pushing through the amendment to the Defamation Act 2009. So what got into the minister?
It is extraordinary that while there is a real need in Ireland for legislation on abortion, assisted human reproduction and stem-cell research, no time for this can be found. But time was found for an amendment that is widely seen as a retrograde step.»