Atheist Ireland is pleased to announce a successful outcome to our two year campaign to make the appointment procedure for third level college chaplains publicly accountable and open to lay people. We brought Freedom of Information data to the Minister for Education, who responded by instructing the Higher Education Authority to investigate further. Atheist Ireland then met with the HEA as part of the investigation.

You can read the full Atheist Ireland response to the HEA investigation here.

The Irish Times has today reported on the outcome of the HEA investigation:

Here’s a brief summary: During 2015, Atheist Ireland submitted a detailed series of requests under the Freedom of Information Act, to the Institutes of Technology in Ireland. Those requests related to the funding of chaplaincy services in the colleges. What we discovered was a wholesale breach, across the vast majority of colleges, of public sector appointment rules.

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As a church closed in Cork because of a lack of priests, I discussed the decline in the Catholic church on Cork’s 96FM.

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I recently did this interview with Charlie Hebdo magazine about religion and atheism in Ireland. Click on the image for a larger and more readable version. I’ll get an English translation online as soon as I can.

Charlie Hebdo Interview

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The right to assisted dying – Newstalk debate

by Michael Nugent on June 16, 2016

Is there a right to assisted dying? My debate with David Quinn hosted by Pat Kenny on Newstalk radio.

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The right to assisted dying – Prime Time interview

June 12, 2016

My interview about the right to assisted dying on RTE’s Prime Time on Thursday.

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A new wave of smears, now about battered women, stormfront and paedophile apologism

June 9, 2016

Update: This statement has been agreed between Atheist Ireland and Person A, whose name I have removed from this article and replaced with this pseudonym. “Person A has apologised to Atheist Ireland and to the individual people who have been hurt and whose reputations have been harmed by Person A’s comments quoted here. In particular, […]

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Diversity and Choice = Religious Discrimination and Segregation

June 9, 2016

Atheist Ireland yesterday made this Submission to the Consultation process, started by the new Minister for Education Richard Bruton, on his Statement of Strategy 2016- 2018. Introduction Atheist Ireland is an Irish advocacy group. We promote atheism and reason over superstition and supernaturalism, and we promote an ethical, secular society where the State does not support […]

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An apology

June 9, 2016

Leonie Hilliard has published on Twitter a comment that I made in February on her Facebook page. In it, I referred to a comment that somebody else made criticising “a movement led by greying white men”. That comment, as published now, has since been edited, and I don’t recall what was edited out of or […]

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Why the new government’s plans for religious schools will make things worse

June 6, 2016

Why the new government’s plans for religious schools will make things worse. Above, my discussion on Newstalk Radio this morning. Irish Times report here: School patronage plans will worsen situation–Atheist Ireland

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Atheist Ireland at International Hate Studies Conference in Limerick

May 28, 2016

Atheist Ireland was represented this week at the International Network on Hate Studies conference in the University of Limerick. It was one of the most engaging and informative conferences that we have attended. We learned a lot about prejudice and hate motivated behaviour, which we will be able to bring to our work in Ireland […]

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