The President, Michael D  Higgins meets   the newest member of the Humanist Association of Ireland, Zoe, and her mother, Selina Campbell,  at the association’s 25th anniversary  celebrations. Photograph:  Maxwell’s

President Michael D Higgins met the newest member of the Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI) on Monday evening as part of the organisation’s 25th an(...)

In all the Dublin constituencies the Yes vote was over 70 per cent. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Every single one of the 40 constituencies in Ireland voted to remove the word “blasphemous” from article 40.6.1 of the Constitution in a unanimity uni(...)

Siobhán Walls with Hannah and Dan Boylan at a naming ceremony for their baby, Hunter

“When is the baby being christened?” It’s a question almost every Irish parent will have heard, and one most can answer: a survey carried out for The (...)

The average Irish marriage rate for 2017, at 4.6 per 1,000, dropped slightly from 4.8 in 2016, placing Ireland  13th among the EU’s 28 countries

Religious marriage ceremonies remain popular in Ireland, accounting for 63 per cent of all marriages in 2017. Just over a half of all opposite sex mar(...)

‘A blanket ban on foreign funding can never be human rights compliant,’ said Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Restrictions on the right of non-governmental organisations to receive foreign funding breach EU, UN and Council of Europe legal obligations and threa(...)

Mustakeem Shah (9), Theodora McDonnell (9), Zoe Brennan (9) and Fergus Linehan (9): the Humanist Association of Ireland together  with Educate Together has launched humanism lesson plans for Educate Together schools.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Primary pupils in Educate Together schools are to receive lessons in humanism under a new initiative. Educate Together, a non-denominational patron b(...)

Of the 82,000 people who moved to Ireland in the 12 months up to April 24th, 2016, more than 28,000 were Irish-born. Photograph: David Sleator

Broadcaster Seán Mac Réamoinn’s quip that he was “like the census: broken down by age, sex and religion” still serves as a handy introduction to some (...)

Clergy, choir members  and the Chief Justice of Ireland, Mrs Justice Susan Denham, at St Michan’s Church at a Mass to mark the start of the Michelmas law term. Photograph: Collins

Held annually on the first Monday of October – the first day of the Michaelmas law term – at the Catholic parish church of the Four Courts, St Michan’(...)

Under Article 40 of the Constitution, it is stated that: “ The publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law.” File photograph: Getty Images

God should be removed from the Irish Constitution along with all references to such an entity, says the Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI). So to(...)

Shaun Moriarty and John James Hickey had a spiritualist ceremony. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

The wedding industry in Ireland is bigger business than ever, but because so many nontraditional organisations are offering new and unfamiliar marria(...)

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