A referendum on removing the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution is to take place on October 26, the same date at the presidential election.
Voters will be asked whether the Article should be retained or removed.
Independent Senator Rónán Mullen described the move as a “vanity project” and a waste of tax payers money.
“The reality is that no-one has been prosecuted for blasphemy in Ireland since 1855. The constitutional provision on blasphemy is symbolic in nature, and has never had any real legal impact. Abolishing it will not have any positive effect on the lives of Irish citizens who will pay over €3 million for this referendum, and confers absolutely no benefit on the public.”
He explained more to Miriam Gormally.