Atheist Ireland republishes 25 blasphemous quotes in solidarity with Stephen Fry

May 6, 2017

Atheist Ireland welcomes the Irish police investigation into Stephen Fry for blasphemy. It highlights a law that is silly, silencing, and dangerous. On 1 January 2010, the day the new Irish blasphemy law became operational, Atheist Ireland published a list of 25 blasphemous quotes in order to challenge the law. Today, in solidarity with Stephen Fry, […]

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Atheist Ireland welcomes police investigation into Stephen Fry for blasphemy

May 6, 2017

Atheist Ireland welcomes the police investigation into Stephen Fry for blasphemy. It highlights a law that is silly, silencing, and dangerous. It is a silly law because it suggests that the creator of the universe needs the Oireachtas to protect its feelings. It is a silencing law because many Irish media outlets are self-censoring themselves […]

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Do Not Stand for This – It is Time to Separate Church and State

May 5, 2017

The Dail yesterday voted to force all TDs to stand for a Christian prayer every day, asking Christ Our Lord to direct every word and action of theirs, and to force the Ceann Comhairle to read the prayer aloud. Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Labour Party all supported this vote, which breaches the human […]

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Thank you to the TDs who supported separation of Church and State last night

May 3, 2017

Atheist Ireland thanks the TDs who spoke in favour of separation of Church and State in the Dail last night, and in support of the equal right of every citizen to freedom of religion or nonreligious belief. While still a minority in the Dail, they reflect the changing mood of the Irish people. The Dail […]

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The daily Dail prayer and the new National Maternity Hospital

April 21, 2017

The Irish Government has made the astonishing decision to build a new €300 million National Maternity Hospital, and give ownership of it to a religious order of the Catholic Church. The Vatican recently renewed its Charter for Healthcare Workers, which states that: “Healthcare workers should be given a solid ethico-religious formation, which promotes in them […]

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Religion in Ireland today – my debate with David Quinn on RTE Radio

April 13, 2017

This is my debate on RTE this morning with David Quinn of the Iona Institute, about religion in Ireland today. It covers the census results, the prayer at the start of the Dail day, the Angelus on RTE and the education system. As always, people on all sides will listen to such debates through the […]

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The Religious Test to be Ceann Comhairle

April 13, 2017

The Ceann Comhairle of the Dail, Sean O Fearghail TD, has replied to Atheist Ireland’s letter about the Dail prayer. He has confirmed that the proposal that was scheduled for Tuesday will now instead be put to the house on its return after the Easter recess. He has said that he will refer our correspondence to […]

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Should our Parliament start with a Prayer? My debate with Michael Healy Rae TD on Today FM

April 12, 2017

Should our Parliament start with a Prayer? I debated this with Michael Healy Rae TD with host Matt Cooper on Today FM.

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TDs to be asked to vote on new Dail prayer rules without any debate

April 11, 2017

Update: following lobbying from Atheist Ireland and opposition from secular TDs, the Dail business committee decided today to postpone this vote until 2nd May, in order to allow time for debate. Please continue to contact your TDs about this between now and then. The UK and Ireland are the only European parliaments that start their […]

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Ask your TDs today to stop forcing parliamentarians to pray to ‘Christ Our Lord’

April 10, 2017

Update: following lobbying from Atheist Ireland and opposition from secular TDs, the Dail business committee decided today to postpone this vote until 2nd May, in order to allow time for debate. Please continue to contact your TDs about this between now and then. At 2.30 pm this Tuesday, 11 April, the Dail will vote to […]

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