1. Skip to content

National Secular Society

Challenging Religious Privilege

Tags: Ireland

Campaigns against blasphemy laws gather steam following Ahok conviction and Fry investigation

Campaigns against blasphemy laws gather steam following Ahok conviction and Fry investigation

Posted: Wed, 10 May 2017 10:24

Indonesia, Denmark and New Zealand are facing calls to repeal their blasphemy laws, following the conviction of Jakarta's former governor for blasphemy and an investigation into Stephen Fry.

Calls for abolition of Irish blasphemy law following investigation of Stephen Fry

Calls for abolition of Irish blasphemy law following investigation of Stephen Fry

Posted: Mon, 08 May 2017 09:18

The National Secular Society has called for the repeal of Ireland's blasphemy law after Irish police dropped an investigation against Stephen Fry over a complaint of 'blasphemy' related to an interview aired in 2015.

Irish politicians face ejection from the chamber and loss of pay if they don't stand for prayers

Irish politicians face ejection from the chamber and loss of pay if they don't stand for prayers

Posted: Wed, 03 May 2017 11:51

The Irish parliament has approve a requirement mandating TDs remain standing during the prayers that open each Dáil sitting.

Ireland sees 73% increase in number of non-believers

Ireland sees 73% increase in number of non-believers

Posted: Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:40

Census figures released by the Irish Central Statistics Office show a huge increase in the number of non-believers, as the number of self-identified Catholics continued to drop.

Ireland to consider banning schools from using religion in admissions

Ireland to consider banning schools from using religion in admissions

Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:57

The Irish Minister for Education and Skills has set out plans to tackle the religious discrimination endemic in the Irish education system, hitting out at the unfairness of a baptism requirement for school places.

Parents protest against religious discrimination in Irish schools

Parents protest against religious discrimination in Irish schools

Posted: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 13:54

Irish parents demonstrated over the weekend for reform to the country's school admissions – in an education landscape still dominated by the Catholic Church.

UN calls on Ireland to recognise needs of non-Christian children in the education system

UN calls on Ireland to recognise needs of non-Christian children in the education system

Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:25

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has criticised Ireland in its periodic review, urging the country to protect the rights of non-religious and non-Christian children and families.

Anti-LGBT religious exemptions will be removed from Ireland’s equality legislation

Anti-LGBT religious exemptions will be removed from Ireland’s equality legislation

Posted: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:14

The National Secular Society has welcomed confirmation that Ireland's government is to amend the exemptions to equality law which permit religious discrimination.

Educate Together describes religious monopoly over Irish schools as “shocking”

Educate Together describes religious monopoly over Irish schools as “shocking”

Posted: Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:44

Educate Together, the independent NGO that runs non-faith schools in Ireland, has warned of the "shocking" control of religious groups over Irish education.

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.

  • Page:
  • 1
  • 2