Dublin (f-A-ke. P.) —
The publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent material is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law.
— Article 40 of the Irish Constitution
Although it has always been a crime to utter a blasphemous statement in Ireland—at least according to the Irish Constitution—there has never been a law that would allow the restriction to be enforced…until now.
Speaking after reluctantly signing the new law on Thursday, Irish President, Mary McAleese said, “I dinna really want to sign this law, but JESUS, MARY, and JOSEPH these religious zealots are persistent.”
The president was then immediately arrested and taken away by police.