Abortion vote sees fall of Ireland’s Catholic Berlin Wall

May 27, 2018

This referendum sees the fall of the Catholic Berlin Wall that has kept a pluralist Irish people trapped within the laws of a Catholic Irish Constitution. Pregnant Irish women will now have the same right, to equality before the law, that gay couples have had since the marriage equality vote three years ago. They will […]

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Atheist Ireland, Evangelical Alliance, and Ahmadi Muslims welcome plan to end religious discrimination in access to schools

May 9, 2018

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has announced plans to prohibit State-funded primary schools run by the Catholic Church from discriminating in access on the ground of religion, but which will allow State-funded schools run by minority religions to continue to discriminate on the ground of religion if they are oversubscribed. Atheist Ireland, the Evangelical Alliance […]

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Why repeal the 8th? Video of the speakers at Atheist Ireland’s Information Evening

May 4, 2018

Are you still undecided about the referendum? Do you want to know more about the history of the amendment, medical issues, views from maternity services and the rape crisis network, and the practicalities of canvassing? Atheist Ireland held an Information Evening yesterday about why we should repeal the eighth amendment, with expert speakers on all […]

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Atheist Ireland delighted at passing of Solidarity’s Objective Sex Education Bill

April 19, 2018

Atheist Ireland is delighted that Solidarity’s Objective Sex Education Bill has passed its first vote today in the Dail. It will now go on to be debated at Committee stage. Along with our allies in other groups who support this Bill, we will now lobby members of the Oireachtas Education Committee to ensure that the […]

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Remembering my late wife Anne Holliday

April 9, 2018

It’s seven years today since my wife Anne died. I’m also remembering John Buckley today. We were talking over lunch about his cancer just before I got news that Anne died. Here’s the tribute I wrote to Anne after she died.

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Irish Catholic Bishops to run a candidate for President

April 1, 2018

The Irish Catholic Bishops are planning to run a candidate for President of Ireland this year. Leaked documents reveal that the Bishops are divided between proposing Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, or independent Catholic Senator Ronan Mullen. The Bishops have secured the required nominations from members of the Oireachtas. Catholic clerics have already […]

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This Friday in Dublin, come to the first ever Good Friday Atheists in the Pub session!

March 27, 2018

This Friday, for the first time in nearly a century, Irish pubs will be allowed to open on Good Friday. If you are in Dublin, please join us for the first ever Good Friday Atheists in the Pub session, from 8pm in the Hairy Lemon on Lower Stephen Street. There is a Facebook event page […]

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Abortion would already be legal if any Taoiseach had needed one

February 24, 2018

#RepealThe8th

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Atheist Ireland welcomes proposed opt-out from religious instruction in ETB schools

February 14, 2018

Finally, in ETB schools, a proper opt-out from religion seems about to happen, with alternative subjects being offered at the start of the year, based on proposals that Atheist Ireland has been intensively lobbying for in recent years. The Irish Times has seen records of a coming Ministerial Circular that Atheist Ireland first asked the […]

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Religious discrimination against women in Ireland – Jane Donnelly in La Raison magazine

February 11, 2018

Atheist Ireland works internationally, as members of Atheist Alliance International and the International Humanist and Ethical Union. We also work directly with atheist and secular groups in other countries, to share information and to help each other to achieve separation of church and state. The February 2018 edition of La Raison, the magazine of the […]

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