13th October 2017

“You cannot become president of Ireland or be appointed a judge in the republic unless you take a religious oath asking God to direct and sustain you in your work. What an atheist is offered is an Irish solution – to ignore it, to pretend you believe in God. But this means, for example, that a new judge who is privately an atheist but swears to God is technically committing perjury. We should be amending our constitution to remove these theistic references, not creating new crimes to enforce provisions that were written in the 1930s.”

Michael Nugent