Posted: Thu, 28 Sep 2017
Ireland is to hold referenda on changing its laws on abortion and blasphemy next year.
How a teacher and a Virgin Mary statue drew attention to religious bias in the Irish education system
Posted: Fri, 01 Sep 2017
A humanist teacher who objected to a statue of the virgin Mary being displayed at a state-funded school with a "religious ethos" in Ireland has lost a claim of discrimination at a Workplace Relations Commission hearing.
Posted: Thu, 29 Jun 2017
Ireland's state-funded Catholic primary schools are to lose the ability discriminate on the basis of religion in their admissions policies.
Posted: Wed, 10 May 2017
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.
Posted: Mon, 08 May 2017
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.
Posted: Wed, 03 May 2017
The Irish parliament has approve a requirement mandating TDs remain standing during the prayers that open each Dáil sitting.
Posted: Thu, 06 Apr 2017
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.
Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2017
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.
Posted: Mon, 04 Jul 2016
Irish parents demonstrated over the weekend for reform to the country's school admissions – in an education landscape still dominated by the Catholic Church.
Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2016
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.
Posted: Tue, 17 Nov 2015
The National Secular Society has welcomed confirmation that Ireland's government is to amend the exemptions to equality law which permit religious discrimination.
Posted: Thu, 09 Apr 2015
Educate Together, the independent NGO that runs non-faith schools in Ireland, has warned of the "shocking" control of religious groups over Irish education.
Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014
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.
Posted: Mon, 04 Nov 2013
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
Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013
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.
Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013
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.
Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013
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.
Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013
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?
Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013
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.
Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013
"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.