Remembering my father Michael who died five years ago today

January 9, 2017

My father Michael Nugent died five years ago today, after an inspirational 89 years of life. He was the calmest man I knew. If an alien spaceship had landed in our garden, he would have invited them in for tea before asking who they were. He was nearly ninety when his body gave up. He […]

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Ou va l’Irlande? My interview in La Raison magazine

December 29, 2016

The current edition of La Raison, the magazine of La Libre Pensee, has an interview with me about atheism and secularism in Ireland. It’s based on discussions that I had with Philippe Besson last June. Here are screenshots of the interview.

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Proposed religious education plans will not end evangelisation in schools

December 28, 2016

The proposed plans to remove religion as a core subject in primary schools will make no difference in practice unless the Education Act is also changed to ensure that schools do not deliver the State curriculum in accordance with Catholic ethos. Here is my interview with Newstalk’s Tom Dunne about this today.

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My vegan Christmas dinner

December 26, 2016

My brother Gerard cooked his first vegan Christmas dinner for me yesterday. It was absolutely delicious. Started with tomato, cheezly, and basil pesto, followed by Miso soup and salad. The main course was stuffed aubergine with tofu, guacamole, and the usual Christmas veg trimmings. Fruit and crumble for dessert. Everyone else had the traditional Christmas […]

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Remembering the inspirational Marie Fleming

December 20, 2016

Marie Fleming died three years ago today. She was an inspirational and courageous woman. She did more to promote an ethical compassionate Ireland for dying people and their families, than have the Irish politicians who have yet to legislate for assisted dying. Marie’s partner Tom Curran is the European Spokesperson at Exit International. He is a […]

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Atheist, Evangelical and Ahmadiyya Muslim alliance addresses Oireachtas Education Committee

December 17, 2016

Ending religious discrimination in Irish schools – powerful presentation by Jane Donnelly to the Oireachtas Joint Education Committee, speaking on behalf of Atheist Ireland, Evangelical Alliance Ireland and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Ireland, on 15 December 2016.

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Atheist Ireland asks Citizens Assembly to respect individual conscience on abortion

December 17, 2016

Atheist Ireland has made the following submission to the Citizens Assembly on the subject of abortion. Making Abortion Illegal is Not a Settled Moral Value – Our Laws Should Respect Individual Conscience Contents About Atheist Ireland We support repeal of the Eighth Amendment Abortion should not be dealt with within our Constitution Our statement to […]

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Atheist, Evangelical & Muslim alliance addresses Oireachtas Education Committee

December 15, 2016

At 2:30 pm today the secular schools alliance of Atheist Ireland, Evangelical Alliance Ireland and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Ireland will address the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education about the Admission to Schools Bill. Pictured above with Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, are Pastor Nick Park of Evangelical Alliance Ireland, […]

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How we can challenge prejudice motivated behaviour – my interview on Voice of Islam

December 9, 2016

I was interviewed on Voice of Islam radio this week about Brexit, Donald Trump and challenging prejudice. Here is audio and transcript of the interview. With us on the line is Michael Nugent, a writer from Dublin and chairperson of Atheist Ireland. Michael, what are your views on the surprise wins for Brexit and Trump? […]

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Did Godfrey Elfwick write that ridiculously funny Guardian article?

December 2, 2016

I outlined in an article yesterday why I believe the recent ‘online poison’ article in the Guardian is an excellent hoax parody. The more often I read it, the more convinced I am that it is a hoax. But my reason is because of its content: it is ridiculously funny, incoherent and inconsistent, and it covers all […]

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