Atheist Ireland welcomes part of Schools Admissions Bill and continues our work for secular schools

July 11, 2018

The Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill has now passed in the Dail. From September the vast majority of schools will no longer be able to discriminate in entry on the grounds of religion. However, minority religious schools can still continue to discriminate as they still have exemptions from equality laws. Atheist Ireland has been campaigning […]

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Remembering Joe Davis, who died this week

July 8, 2018

Joe Davis, one of Atheist Ireland’s earliest and most-loved members, died this week. For most of his life, he felt like an outsider as an atheist living in Ireland, and he was delighted to have found a like-minded community when Atheist Ireland was founded a decade ago. We were delighted to have had the privilege […]

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Atheist Ireland welcomes blasphemy referendum in October

June 12, 2018

Atheist Ireland welcomes the announcement that our decade-long campaign for a referendum on the blasphemy law has been successful. We will finally be able to vote in October to remove this anachronistic, silly, and dangerous clause from our constitution. The blasphemy ban is anachronistic, because we should be removing 1930s religious references from the Irish […]

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The number one song on my birthday, 1st June, every year since I was born

June 1, 2018

1961 – Elvis Presley – Surrender 1962 – Elvis Presley – Good Luck Charm 1963 – Beatles – From Me To You 1964 – Cilla Black – You’re My World 1965 – Sandie Shaw – Long Live Love 1966 – Frank Sinatra – Strangers In The Night 1967 – Tremeloes – Silence Is Golden 1968 […]

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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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