Referendum puts end to ‘medieval’ blasphemy ban
Campaigners in Ireland celebrated the end of a “medieval” ban on blasphemy, after voters overwhelmingly backed removing the offence from the constitution. The referendum saw 64.85% vote yes to remove the prohibition on blasphemy, with 35.15% in favour of retaining it. The decision was the latest reflection of social and political changes in Ireland, which the taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has described as a “quiet revolution”.
Voters also returned president Michael D Higgins to office.