Kerry County Council asked to investigate if crucifix motion breached equality law

Kerry County Council has been asked to investigate whether a councillor’s motion to place a crucifix in the council chamber breached a code of conduct for politicians. Last April, councillors supported a motion by Fianna Fáil Cllr John Joe Culloty to erect the crucifix over the door of the refurbished chamber. John Joe Culloty. 1 Atheist Ireland believes the placement of the cross in a chamber of local government is a breach of equality law and represents the promotion of the supremacy of one religion over other creeds and none. In a letter to the CEO of Kerry County Council,  the group has asked the local authority if it’s investigated whether this action breaches equality legislation  including the Equal Staus Act and if so what conclusions did it draw? Atheist Ireland has also asked the local authority if it’s looked into whether Cllr Culloty’s motion breaches the  Code of Conduct for Councillors under local government legislation. The group says under the code, councillors “should promote equality and avoid bias.”  Cllr Culloty says he represents everybody equally, of all religions and none. Atheist Ireland says the council’s response will determine whether it refers the matter to the Equality Authority.