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Proposal to remove religious exemption from Irish employment equality law

Proposal to remove religious exemption from Irish employment equality law

Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:39

The cabinet of the Irish Government will debate next week changes to employment equality law that will prevent religious organisations from dismissing staff on such grounds as being a lone parent or a divorcee, or on the basis of sexual orientation.

Ireland considers replacing blasphemy law with “religious hatred” legislation

Ireland considers replacing blasphemy law with “religious hatred” legislation

Posted: Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:35

The Convention set up by the Irish Government to bring the country's constitution up-to-date has recommended that the offence of blasphemy should be removed from the constitution in its current form.

Irish Government to pursue religious orders for €250 million in unpaid compensation to abuse victims

Irish Government to pursue religious orders for €250 million in unpaid compensation to abuse victims

Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:55

The Cabinet of the Irish Government agreed this week to pursue religious orders for payment of the remaining €250 million needed to make up their half of the cost of €1.46 billion compensation promised to victims.

Northern Ireland parents want integrated education

Northern Ireland parents want integrated education

Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:14

An examination of official statistics on the number of places available in Northern Ireland's schools indicates that the popularity of Catholic Education is falling fast while the call for integrated schools is rising.

Muslim man who ritually slaughtered goats didn’t know it was against the law

Muslim man who ritually slaughtered goats didn’t know it was against the law

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:00

A Somali refugee who improvised a halal abattoir in a private house where he killed four goats, has been sentenced to a 12 months in jail suspended for two years by an Irish court.

Nuns say they will contribute nothing to Magdalene Laundry survivors’ compensation

Nuns say they will contribute nothing to Magdalene Laundry survivors’ compensation

Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:10

The four orders of nuns that ran the notorious Magdalene Laundries in Ireland have said they have no intention of contributing anything towards the compensation fund set up by the Irish Government.

Catholic Church to lose control of some schools in Ireland – could this be the start of a seismic shift?

Catholic Church to lose control of some schools in Ireland – could this be the start of a seismic shift?

Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 18:26

Following a survey of parents by the Irish Department of Education, 23 primary schools across the country will be divested of their Catholic Church patronage.

Experts say “drop the religious opt-out” for pharmacists

Experts say “drop the religious opt-out” for pharmacists

Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:36

"Conscience clauses" that permit religious pharmacists to refuse to dispense emergency contraception or the "morning after" pill are unsatisfactory and should be dropped, say experts.

NSS call on EU Presidents to protect women's right to life

NSS call on EU Presidents to protect women's right to life

Posted: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:59

The Presidents of the European Council and European Commission today heard a plea for greater protection for pregnant women's right to life following the death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland.

Young Irish want an inclusive, secular state

Young Irish want an inclusive, secular state

Posted: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:00

A consultation among young people in Ireland initiated by the President, Michael D. Higgins, shows strong support for making the country a secular state.

Secular Medical Forum condemns Irish abortion law cruelty

Secular Medical Forum condemns Irish abortion law cruelty

Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:49

The Secular Medical Forum has condemned the state of abortion laws in Ireland after a 31-year old woman died of septicaemia following a protracted miscarriage in Galway, Ireland.

Catholic Church gets another snub from Irish Government

Catholic Church gets another snub from Irish Government

Posted: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:06

As further evidence of the secularising direction of Ireland and its downgrading of the influence of the Catholic Church, the Defence Minister, Alan Shatter, recently refused to allow the army to provide a "guard of honour" for a procession during the Vatican's International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.

Most Irish people still describe themselves as 'Catholic' – but in name only

Most Irish people still describe themselves as 'Catholic' – but in name only

Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:40

A new Ipsos MRBI poll for the Irish Times shows that although 89 per cent of people in Ireland still describe themselves as 'Catholic', it is not Catholicism as the Pope knows it.

Ireland rejects abortion law reform

Ireland rejects abortion law reform

Posted: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:25

The lower house of the Irish Parliament has rejected a private member's bill to ease the Republic's abortion laws. In a vote of 109 to 20, the Dáil rejected the bill brought by Clare Daly of the opposition Socialist Party that would permit "termination of pregnancy where a real and substantial risk to the life of the pregnant woman exists."

Poll shows Catholic Church completely out of touch with modern Irish society

Poll shows Catholic Church completely out of touch with modern Irish society

Posted: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:13

An extensive survey of Irish Catholics has found widespread dissent from Church teachings, particularly on questions of sexuality.

Irish bishops want religious education staying under their control

Irish bishops want religious education staying under their control

Posted: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:33

The Irish government is about to start the process of taking some schools out of the control of the Catholic Church faces a clash with bishops over the proposed scrapping of an old primary school rule which states that religion should underpin every aspect of daily school life.

Expert panel to examine abortion law in Ireland

Expert panel to examine abortion law in Ireland

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:55

Pro-choice groups in Ireland have expressed hopes that a new expert committee set up by the Government will recommend that the laws on abortion will be relaxed.