Jillian Brennan, (centre) CEO the Humanists Association of Ireland says ‘ if you’re not religious, you should say so on the census form’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

People who do not have a religion, or who no longer practise, have been urged to mark ‘no religion’ on the upcoming census form . This latest census(...)

Secularism “fails on the score of expectation: it offers no guidance on human values save personal aggrandisement”. Yet many millions of people who are not religious have admirable human values and are not overwhelmed by desires for aggrandisement. Photograph: iStock

Dr Fergus O’Ferrall, my old friend and valued colleague, passionately believes that the great religions of the world have much to offer as we wrestle (...)

President Michael D Higgins inspecting the 27 Infantry Battalion at Collins Barracks, Dublin, during the National Day of Commemoration. Photograph: Tom Honan

It rained and rained, and the gulls shrieked throughout, both disturbing the solemnity to such a degree that when Dr Hemant Kumar intoned his pre-prep(...)

The 10th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland is tomorrow, Wednesday. File photograph: The Irish Times

As we mark the 10th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s visit tomorrow I recall two other events that happened that same day: Garret FitzGerald died; and(...)

Talking about death can be an awkward conversation, but one that is worth having The Irish wake might be renowned the world over as a fabulous s(...)

Harry Ferguson: ‘The man who toils for mere wealth in gold is as bad as the idler because he toils for his own happiness alone. To work for the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the ideal, and when the world realises the happiness that lies there, we will care less about the next world and be happier in this’. Photograph: Fred Ramage/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

A bit like Orson Welles, author of the original quip, the inventor Harry Ferguson could be said to have started at the top and worked his way down. Du(...)

Jamie Baker  and Keighley Kierans, who married in a humanist ceremony on Friday  in a hotel in Co Meath. Photograph: James Forde

Keighley Kierans (31) from Drogheda, Co Louth, married her partner Jamie Baker (41) from London in a humanist ceremony yesterday in a hotel in Co Meat(...)

‘Some critics of religion such as Dawkins (pictured) and Dennett do indeed point out, convincingly to me, that scientific explanations of the universe are reliable while religious ones are not.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The relationship between science and religion has never been easy but it became much more difficult in Europe after Galileo discovered in 1610 strong (...)

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(...)

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