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  1. Regarding the number of people who count themselves as catholics on the census, as you rightly pointed out Michael, there are many people in Ireland who tick that box out of habit or just ignorance. I personally know people who are not catholics and yet counted themselves as catholic on the census form. When I asked them why, they shrugged their shoulders and said something along the lines of ‘that’s what they were comfortable with’.

  2. I’m so glad I don’t live in Ireland. It was bad enough in Tennessee where Church-State separation was difficult to maintain despite it being Constitutionally mandated. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to get away from it in Ireland seeing as supporting Catholicism seems to be almost a default state by the State.

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