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Taoiseach Abortion

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Their-Lady-Juggling-ETBs-860x450_cFinally, in ETB schools, a proper opt-out from religion seems about to happen, with alternative subjects being offered at the start of the year, based on proposals that Atheist Ireland has been intensively lobbying for in recent years.

The Irish Times has seen records of a coming Ministerial Circular that Atheist Ireland first asked the Minister for Education to issue in 2016, after our comprehensive Freedom of Information Report about respecting human rights in the NCCA State Religious Education course.

We have since intensified our lobbying on the issue with our recent FOI campaign on religion in ETB schools. We met the Department of Education on this issue last December, along with the Evangelical Alliance of Ireland and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Ireland.

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Jane at OSCE

Atheist Ireland works internationally, as members of Atheist Alliance International and the International Humanist and Ethical Union. We also work directly with atheist and secular groups in other countries, to share information and to help each other to achieve separation of church and state.

The February 2018 edition of La Raison, the magazine of the French Libre Pensee, has published a four-page article in which Jane Donnelly explains how religious discrimination influences women in Ireland. The article is based on a talk that Jane gave in Warsaw, Poland, last year at the Kazimierz Lyszczynski Foundation days of atheism.

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Leeds United centenary badge designs

by Michael Nugent on January 29, 2018

Leeds Badges 2Given the recent controversy about the new proposed centenary badge for Leeds United, here are two ideas based on the three main shirt colours of the club during the century.

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Atheist Ireland attends meeting of Census Advisory Group on Religion Question for 2021 census

January 23, 2018

Atheist Ireland attended a three-meeting yesterday of the Census Advisory Group on the religion question for the 2021 census. We had previously made this written submission to the process. At the meeting, we added the arguments outlined in this report. We will report later on the content of the meeting. The CSO staff are now considering […]

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We must strengthen, not subvert, the SIPO law on funding of political activity

December 11, 2017

Amnesty International Ireland is refusing to obey the law on funding of political purposes. They are refusing to return an illegal donation from America to help to repeal the eighth amendment. Amnesty is mistaken in taking this position, both ethically and practically. Atheist Ireland is also a civil society body. We also promote human rights, […]

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Seven countries persecute atheists, Ireland discriminates systemically, says new IHEU report

December 5, 2017

The 2017 Freedom of Thought Report has listed seven countries where atheists, humanists and other nonreligious people are actively persecuted. They are India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. The Report also concludes that there is systemic religious discrimination in Ireland, including through the blasphemy law, religious oaths for public office, and the […]

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Right to Die Ireland addresses Oireachtas Justice Committee

November 22, 2017

Right to Die Ireland today addressed the Oireachtas Justice Committee on the question of assisted dying. Here is our opening statement by Tom Curran, pictured above with his late partner Marie Fleming. “Some people want to eke out every second of life, no matter how grim. And that is their right. Some people don’t. And […]

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Submission to NCCA consultation on Junior Cycle Religious Education

November 21, 2017

This is a joint submission made to the NCCA consultation process on Junior Cycle Religious Education from: Michael Nugent and Jane Donnelly, Atheist Ireland Imam Ibrahim Noonan, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Ireland Pastor Nick Park, Executive Director, Evangelical Alliance of Ireland Contents 1. Introduction 1.1 The course should be renamed ‘Education about Religions and Beliefs’ […]

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Reports and book launch from Atheist Ireland AGM

November 20, 2017

Here are two videos from the Atheist Ireland AGM this weekend in Galway. The first is my opening report as chairperson, and Jane Donnelly’s opening report as human rights officer. The second is the launch of our new book for children about freedom of religion and belief.

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