Freedom of expression

The Irish Constitution was enacted in 1937 and for the first time certain fundamental rights were set out in writing. The fundamental rights in the Constitution are generally set out in Articles 40-44 and cover such areas as:
equality of its citizens
the right to personal liberty
family rights
protection of marriage
rights relating to education, and
the guarantee in relation to the private ownership of property
It also covers matters in relation to:
freedom of worship
freedom of conscience
the right to habeas corpus
the entitlement to judicial review
Also guaranteed are:
freedom of speech
the right of assembly, and
the right to non-discrimination


There are some limitations on your freedom of expression. For example, the Censorship of Publications Acts and the Censorship of Films Acts allow censorship of publications like books, films and DVDs.

The Irish Constitution



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