Arguing for a Yes vote are Max Krzyzanowski and Brendan Butler. Arguing for a No vote are Susan Philips and Tom Carew. The debate will be chaired by Ashling O’Brien, the Chair of the Dublin Regional Branch of Atheist Ireland.
Thank you to everybody who has phoned, emailed, texted or contacted me online with kind words about my interview with Marian Finucane on Saturday about my late wife Anne Holliday, grief and atheism. It means a lot to me.
This was both the easiest interview I have done in a long time, because I didn’t have to consciously remember what I was talking about, and also one of the most emotionally intense. Thank you to RTE for inviting me to do it.
The Iona Institute has made a significant U-turn by finally registering as a third party with the Standards in Public Office Commission, just seven weeks after they made a declaration to the Commission that they did not consider that they had to register, and less than a week after Atheist Ireland challenged that decision in a letter to the Commission.
The Standards Commission has a supervisory role under the Ethics and Electoral Acts. A third party is a person or group, other than a political party of election candidate, that has accepted a donation for political purposes exceeding €100.
Iona’s U-turn means that one of two scenarios must have happened:
Scenario One: Coincidence
Between August 2006 and 4 March 2015, the Iona Institute never received any donations for political purposes exceeding €100. They then received their first ever such donation sometime between then and 23 April 2015, which by coincidence was just after Atheist Ireland had contacted the Commission about them.
Scenario Two: Incompetence
Between August 2006 and 4 March 2015, the Iona Institute did in fact receive such donations for political purposes. They did not understand their obligations under the law, even when the Commission wrote to explain them, and they only realised their mistake on 23 April 2015, just after Atheist Ireland had contacted the Commission about them.
Aron Ra, Texas State Director of American Atheists, and I spoke yesterday to an Atheist Ireland meeting about How Religion Harms Education, in the Davenport Hotel in Dublin. We were introduced by Jane Donnelly, Atheist Ireland’s Human Rights Officer. Lilandra Ra also spoke to the meeting about atheism in Texas.
Dear Ashley, Thank you for your open letter. I understand your feelings after waiting a week without a response from me to your last post. I’ve now been waiting three months without a response from the manager of your blog network, Ed Brayton, to an email about the network’s oversight mechanisms. You are correct that […]
Richard Carrier has just published some of the most vacuous and insulting of the recent smears against Atheist Ireland, Hemant Mehta and me. And so I have to again reschedule other activities, including finishing my response to the more considered posts by Ashley Miller, MA Melby and Secular Woman, in order to ensure that Richard’s […]
Atheist Ireland has registered with SIPO, the Standards in Public Office Commission, as we are a body that seeks to influence public policy. We have also written to the Standards Commission asking them to ask the Catholic Church, the Humanist Association of Ireland, and the Iona Institute to also register with them. One of Atheist Ireland’s […]
Metro Eireann is hosting a National Integration Conference and Debate on Thursday 30 April, from 10am to 2pm, in Saint Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. The topic is: Does Ireland have a sustainable position on the issue of Integration? The keynote Speaker is Brian Lucey, Professor of Finance at the School of Business, Trinity College […]