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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Ending blasphemy laws in Ireland and Pakistan – my talk at TCD Law Review Panel

October 5, 2017

I gave this talk yesterday at the TCD Law Review Panel. The other speakers were Dr Ali Selim, William Richardson and Neville Cox. I will start by welcoming that the Government is finally proposing a date for a referendum to remove the offence of blasphemy from our Constitution, nearly a decade after Dermot Ahern surprised […]

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Promoting the right to die – my interview on Newstalk Radio

September 28, 2017

I discussed the right to die with Ciara Kelly on Newstalk Radio yesterday.

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Religious discrimination and the right to die – my talks at IAFT Congress in Paris

September 27, 2017

I gave these two talks in Paris last Saturday at the Congress of the International Association of Free Thought. The first is on religious discrimination versus human rights, and the second is on promoting the right to die.

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Promoting the right to die – my speech at IAFT Congress in Paris

September 23, 2017

I delivered this talk today at the seventh Congress of the International Association of Freethought in Paris, France. I am particularly pleased to speak here in Paris about the right to die. I first got involved with the Right to Die movement eight years ago, when my late wife Anne Holliday was diagnosed with terminal […]

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