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Northern Ireland viewer asks PSNI to probe RTE blasphemy complaint

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The RTE logo (Niall Carson/PA)

The RTE logo (Niall Carson/PA)

A TV viewer has issued a complaint alleging that an RTÉ comedy sketch which depicted God as a rapist is blasphemous under the laws in Northern Ireland.

The person this week made the complaint to Crimestoppers in the UK, asking for the matter to be referred to the PSNI to investigate as the programme aired in Northern Ireland and was available to watch on the RTÉ Player there.

Blasphemy is no longer an offence in the Republic, but it remains an offence under common law in Northern Ireland.


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