TV3 Jury 2

What might have happened if Padraig Pearse, instead of being executed by the British after the 1916 Rising, had been put on trial before a judge and jury?

TV3 is asking this question in a three-part programme this weekend. At 9.15 pm today and tomorrow, they will dramatise this imagined trial, with Love/Hate’s Tom Vaughan-Lawlor playing Pearse.

At 9.15 pm on Monday, they will show a jury of real people deliberating on the trial. I’m one of the jury members, and I’ll write about the experience here afterwards.


Here are 21 great lessons that I learned from each of the speakers at the Rationalist International Conference in Tallinn, Estonia, last weekend.

Tallinn Bailey

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My talk at the Rationalist International Conference in Tallinn, Estonia, last Sunday. Covers secularism in Ireland, challenging the silencing word Islamophobia, promoting robust civil dialogue, normalising the word atheism, promoting human rights and ethical secular democracy.


This Sunday is Census Day. If you are not religious, tick the No Religion box. Don’t just answer with your childhood religion. The census data is used to support religious discrimination, so please answer the question accurately. Please share this between now and Sunday.

Census Sunday


My podcast chat this week with Godless Spellchecker

April 21, 2016

I had a really interesting chat with Stephen Knight on the Godless Spellchecker podcast. We discussed atheism, secularism, ‘the troubles’, abortion law, blasphemy law, online smears, Educate Together, eating animals, the Irish census and more. You can listen to it here.

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Dublin Anarchist Bookfair breaks agreement with Atheist Ireland

April 21, 2016

Atheist Ireland today published the following statement: In a parallel to the ongoing pattern of regressive groups ‘disinviting’ and ‘no-platforming’ speakers with whom they disagree, the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair has unilaterally broken an agreement with Atheist Ireland that we would host an information stall at their event last weekend. They thus prevented people attending the […]

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Bengali lawyer and scholar Mufassil Islam has left Islam after death threats

April 16, 2016

Bengali lawyer and scholar Mufassil Islam has left Islam, courageously describing his former religion as a mafia cult of death. This is significant, as Mufassil is well-versed in Islam and he used to actively defend it. I debated Mufassil in 2013 in Trinity College Dublin, in an event organised by the TCD Theological Society. Despite […]

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Some myths about atheism

April 14, 2016

I had a discussion on today about atheism and Atheist Ireland. I’m reproducing here some of the responses I made to comments about atheism and Atheist Ireland policy. Myth 1 – Atheism is a religion Atheism is not a religion. It is either a belief that gods do not exist, or an absence of belief that […]

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Remembering my wife Anne Holliday, who died five years ago today

April 9, 2016

Today is five years since my wife Anne died of lung cancer. Five years is a long time, but it is only a fifth of the passionate quarter of a century in which we lived together and loved each other. Here is the tribute that I wrote to her shortly after she died. After she […]

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If you are not religious, tick ‘No Religion’ in the census

April 8, 2016

Please share this with anyone you know who lives in Ireland. Thank you.

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