‘The Dublin commemorations of the Easter Rising (not the ‘April Rising’) offered a considerably more cheering celebration of nationhood than the boozed-up, big-green-hat debauchery on March 17th, which also falls on a Christian holiday.’

My leaders have, it seems, come out against last weekend’s Easter Rising commemorations. A report in this newspaper explained that “atheist leaders” –(...)

The group says the Irish Government is reinforcing the religious connotations of the Rising by marking its anniversary on the “wrong” date.

Atheist leaders declined an invitation to take part in yesterday’s Easter Rising commemorations because the rebellion involved “an undemocratic group(...)

System of denominationally controlled education in Ireland is ‘fundamentally unjust’

Many immigrants feel pressured to allow their children to be taught in Catholic schools to ensure that they later successfully apply to become Irish c(...)

Atheist Ireland chairman Michael Nugent was due to speak at St Dominic’s girl’s secondary school in Cabra. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A group representing atheists has criticised a decision by a Dominican secondary school to cancel an invitation to address its final-year students on (...)

‘Children have a right to attend inclusive public schools.’ Photograph: Getty Images

At a recent meeting with Atheist Ireland, the Taoiseach and the Minister for Education personally apologised to atheist parent Derek Walsh, whose chil(...)

BMW may just have answered the prayers of well-heeled south Dublin suburban families courtesy of its latest X5 variant. With the introduction of it(...)

Emily Logan, chief of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, who told the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, on Monday that   the  choices made by the Government since 2008 had resulted in increased poverty for adults and children, high youth unemployment and a significant increase in food poverty. Photograph: The Irish Times

Irish governments have prioritised fiscal consolidation in their budgetary policies since 2008 and disregarded the human rights implications of these(...)

Soulmates: Michael Nugent and Anne Holliday

My smart, sexy, funny and courageous wife, Anne Holliday, died of lung cancer four years ago last Thursday. We loved each other very much for all of t(...)

‘Seán MacBride  had sent an even more obsequious letter to archbishop McQuaid on his own election to the Dáil.’

It is difficult to believe how much the religious atmosphere of Ireland has changed over the lifetime of many of us. Life itself, of course, has chang(...)

Pope Francis arrives for the opening of the Synod on the themes of family in Vatican City. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

In his former life, Pope Francis was noted for his openness to people of all faiths and of none. In 2011, he said “dialogue is born from an attitude o(...)