The right to free speech stands as one of the immovable pillars of the Irish constitution. It is the platform through which citizens of this country are free to express themselves, however they see fit, and without fear of reprisal or recrimination.
The human brain provides for reason, argument, analysis and debate and where conflict comes as a matter of course, Ireland has remedies in legislation to deal with any issues that might arise.
Free speech ties most of Europe in a common bond of understanding and where democracy leads a state, a persons right to free expression is usually guaranteed.
I do not agree with what you say, sir, but I will defend to the end your right to say it.
For me, as a working journalist, an intrusion on free expression is akin to a personal assault. Save for breaches of defamation law, I could not imagine living in a country where a person’s right to free expression is tapered or diluted in any way.