116. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has met the church leaders to discuss the upcoming blasphemy referendum. [41805/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will be aware that the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has made an order appointing 26 October as the day on which polling shall take place in respect of the referendum to be held on the proposal contained in the Thirty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution (Repeal of offence of publication or utterance of blasphemous matter) Bill 2018. That proposal of course followed on from the recommendation contained in the Sixth Report of the Convention on the Constitution which reflected the deliberations of the Convention which took place in November 2013.
I can confirm that I have not had any meetings with church leaders in relation to the subject matter of the referendum.