Wedding: the couple mix sand at their humanist ceremony, which was celebrated by Brian Whiteside. Photograph: Daniel Kowalczyk/DK Photo

Tracey Wade-Greally and her husband, Conor Greally, are one of the couples whose choice of marriage ceremony has doubled the number of humanist weddin(...)

Humanist Association of Ireland’s  Dick Spicer: says the clear increase in demand for humanist services   is proof of the need to continually survey the educational needs of parents.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State has witnessed a 100 per cent increase in humanist ceremonies over the past 12 months, with some 1,000 events taking place this year.Most of (...)

In its latest report, the UN committee told Ireland to do more to provide non- denominational schools and Atheist Ireland said it was “self- serving for Educate Together, at the expense of possible non-denominational schools” to use this recommendation to “to plead for Government funding”.

Patron de jour Educate Together has been under attack from an unlikely quarter these days. Atheist Ireland has accused the organisation of misl(...)

Weddings must  take place at a location easily identifiable with an address and open to the public at reasonable times.

The number of non-religious marriages taking place in the State has increased significnatly, according to official figures which will be published tod(...)

Senators Ivana Bacik and Jillian van Turnhout  voting as members of the Convention on the Constitution  on whether the offence of blasphemy should be kept as it is in the Constitution. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

The constitutional offence of blasphemy should be replaced with a new general provision to include incitement to religious hatred, the constitutional (...)

Setting out  options available to the constitutional convention’s 100 members, Dr Eoin O’Dell of Trinity College Dublin said the relevant section of the Constitution - Article 40.6.1(i) - could be left as it is or amended by removing the reference to “blasphemous” matter. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland’s crime of blasphemy is a “dead letter” that cannot be prosecuted, the constitutional convention has heard. Dr Neville Cox of Trinity C(...)

Chairman of the convention Tom Arnold said the issue of blasphemy would be discussed today
 (Sat)
 at a meeting in Malahide, Co Dublin. 
and 
Tomorrow, it 
the convention 
would begin discussing the 500 submissions which would be categorised under “four or five manageable headings by our academic and legal experts”.

The Constitutional ban on blasphemy will be discussed at the Constitutional Convention this weekend.The convention will also begin discussing more th(...)

Humanist Association of Ireland director of ceremonies Brian Whiteside said he had been informed by the General Registrar’s Office that it had concerns about people profiting from solemnising non-religious marriage ceremonies. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A new law allowing for the legal recognition of non-religious marriage ceremonies is being frustrated by a delay in registering humanist celebrants, i(...)