Atheist Ireland attends meeting of Census Advisory Group on Religion Question for 2021 census

January 23, 2018

Atheist Ireland attended a three-meeting yesterday of the Census Advisory Group on the religion question for the 2021 census. We had previously made this written submission to the process. At the meeting, we added the arguments outlined in this report. We will report later on the content of the meeting. The CSO staff are now considering […]

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We must strengthen, not subvert, the SIPO law on funding of political activity

December 11, 2017

Amnesty International Ireland is refusing to obey the law on funding of political purposes. They are refusing to return an illegal donation from America to help to repeal the eighth amendment. Amnesty is mistaken in taking this position, both ethically and practically. Atheist Ireland is also a civil society body. We also promote human rights, […]

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Seven countries persecute atheists, Ireland discriminates systemically, says new IHEU report

December 5, 2017

The 2017 Freedom of Thought Report has listed seven countries where atheists, humanists and other nonreligious people are actively persecuted. They are India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. The Report also concludes that there is systemic religious discrimination in Ireland, including through the blasphemy law, religious oaths for public office, and the […]

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Right to Die Ireland addresses Oireachtas Justice Committee

November 22, 2017

Right to Die Ireland today addressed the Oireachtas Justice Committee on the question of assisted dying. Here is our opening statement by Tom Curran, pictured above with his late partner Marie Fleming. “Some people want to eke out every second of life, no matter how grim. And that is their right. Some people don’t. And […]

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Submission to NCCA consultation on Junior Cycle Religious Education

November 21, 2017

This is a joint submission made to the NCCA consultation process on Junior Cycle Religious Education from: Michael Nugent and Jane Donnelly, Atheist Ireland Imam Ibrahim Noonan, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Ireland Pastor Nick Park, Executive Director, Evangelical Alliance of Ireland Contents 1. Introduction 1.1 The course should be renamed ‘Education about Religions and Beliefs’ […]

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Reports and book launch from Atheist Ireland AGM

November 20, 2017

Here are two videos from the Atheist Ireland AGM this weekend in Galway. The first is my opening report as chairperson, and Jane Donnelly’s opening report as human rights officer. The second is the launch of our new book for children about freedom of religion and belief.

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Atheist Ireland launches new book for children at AGM

November 18, 2017

Atheist Ireland is today launching an illustrated book for children about freedom of religion and belief. It will be launched at 3pm in the Harbour Hotel, Galway, after our AGM this morning in the same venue. The book is titled ‘Is My Family Odd About Gods?’ It does not ask children to believe that atheism […]

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Atheist Ireland proposes changes to religion question for census 2021

November 3, 2017

Atheist Ireland has proposed changes to the religion question in the Irish census in 2021. We will be taking part in discussions about this on a subgroup of the census advisory group. Our proposals are that the question should be optional, should ask whether people practice a religion, should not prejudice the answer with preprinted […]

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Education Minister responds to Atheist Ireland FOI documents; promises new guidelines on opting out of religion

October 23, 2017

Atheist Ireland has written to the Minister for Education seeking an input into the new guidelines that he has committed to issuing for children opting out of religion classes in State-run ETB schools. The Minister was responding to questions by RTE’s Emma O’Kelly about documents that Atheist Ireland obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. […]

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Census report shows more nonreligious than all minority religions combined

October 12, 2017

Atheist Ireland welcomes today’s census report on religion published by the Central Statistics Office. We are increasingly optimistic that a secular Ireland is inevitable, free of religious privilege and religious discrimination against any citizens. The census results on religion broke a significant barrier – more Irish people now have no religion (468,400) than members of […]

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