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Religion: Persons belonging to minorities face legal and practical obstacles in exercising or manifesting their religion or belief?

Key Area:
Public Life, Culture, Sport & Media
Discrimination, Equality
08/03/2012 - 13:16
Short Answer

The right to freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Irish constitution. A US Department of State report on religious freedom in 2010 found; “no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice.”

Qualitative Info

“The Constitution (Bunreacht na hÉireann) guarantees your freedom in Ireland to practice your religion and your freedom of conscience. The state guarantees not to endow or favour any religion and not to discriminate on the grounds of religion.

State aid for schools cannot discriminate between schools of different religious denominations. Every child has the right to attend a denominational school receiving State funding without having to participate in religious instruction in the school.

Your right to religious liberty may be limited to protect public order and morality.

The right of citizens to religious liberty in Ireland is set down in Article 44 of the Constitution.”

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Majority, National minorities
Type (R/D) Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Religious intolerance, On grounds of other belief
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Culture, Political discourse -parties - orgs, Political participation, Anti-discrimination, Integration - social cohesion, Daily life, Religion
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