Tags: Ireland

Ireland’s hospitals: some welcome secularisation

Posted: Fri, 01 Sep 2017 by Keith Porteous Wood

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood detects a long-overdue and decisive turn towards secularism in publicly funded healthcare in Ireland, an area in which the Catholic Church has until now been predominant. Read More »

Tags: Ireland, Healthcare, Catholic Church

Irish National Maternity Hospital: “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries!”

Posted: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 by Keith Porteous Wood

The placards may have to come out again soon as the controversy over the National Maternity Hospital (St Vincent's) rumbles on.

Tags: Catholic Church, Ireland, Healthcare, Reproductive Rights

Who is running Ireland – the Government or the Church?

Posted: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 by Keith Porteous Wood

The reach and power of the Catholic Church has waned considerably in recent years in Ireland. But there are troubling signs that its undue influence over the country is returning, writes Keith Porteous Wood.

But turning first back to the symptoms.

Tags: Catholic Church, Ireland, Child Abuse

Mass grave full of children's remains at Catholic home reveals atrocities on a massive scale

Posted: Tue, 07 Mar 2017 by Keith Porteous Wood

On arrival at the home, children were separated from their mothers who were often forced to hand over their children for adoption.

Tags: Catholic Church, Child Abuse, Ireland

The Catholic Church is now paying the price for its past in Ireland

Posted: Tue, 26 May 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood welcomes the Irish referendum result on marriage equality and argues that the Catholic Church's appalling recent history in Ireland shows it deserves to be discredited- as it now has been, by the overwhelming referendum "Yes" result. Read More »

Tags: Marriage Equality, Ireland

Irish same-sex marriage – is the Church trying to blackmail the state?

Posted: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood

On 22 May Ireland looks set to join the relatively few countries that have legalised same sex marriage.

Tags: Catholic Church, Marriage Equality, Ireland

Apostasy and blasphemy laws: an affront to human rights

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 by Alastair Lichten

Iran's execution of Mohsen Amir-Aslani on apostasy charges illustrates the injustices caused by such laws in the Middle East and around the world, argues Alastair Lichten.

Tags: Blasphemy, Equality & Human Rights, Pakistan, Ireland, Iran, Saudi Arabia

It’s not fair! Why has Ireland got Ruairi Quinn, while we’re stuck with Michael Gove?

Posted: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on Ireland's education minister Ruairi Quinn who, bit by bit, is challenging the stranglehold that the Catholic Church has over education in the Republic. Read More »

Tags: Education, Ireland

Ireland awaits Human Rights report on its abortion law

Posted: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 by Claire McCormack

Ireland awaits a September report on its abortion laws by a European Court of Human Rights panel of experts at a time of rising political tensions over the issue and a backdrop of steep declines in the popularity of religion. Read More »

Tags: Gender Equality, Church & State, Catholic Church, Reproductive Rights, Ireland