Gardai have confirmed that they are no longer investigating STEPHEN FRY’s interview to legendary Irish broadcaster GAY BYRNE on RTE in February 2015.
Over two years later a man from Co. Clare made a complaint at a local police station that Fry’s interview was ‘blasphemous’. A senior Garda source revealed a full investigation was due to be carried out but that has now ceased as there wasn’t a ‘significant number of people’ outraged at the comments. On the opposite end 1000s of people in Ireland and beyond expressed their anger that such a complaint (in a ‘democratic society’) should have ever been entertained in the first place.
The specific complaint related to the British gay activist, actor, performer and writer’s interview conducted on ‘The Meaning of Life’. During the show the comedian and writer was questioned by host Gay Byrne about what he might say to God at the pearly gates.
Mr Fry replied: “How dare you create a world in which there is such misery? It’s not our fault? It’s not right. It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?”
See part of the interview here.
FYI there are now moves to remove the Irish Defamation Act 2009 – where a person who publishes or utters blasphemous material “shall be guilty of an offence”. So maybe our friend in Co. Clare has sparked change after all