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(...)

Guard of honour by the 1st Battalion, Galway,  at Glasnevin cemetery on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Sinn Féin Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh was absent from Sunday’s ceremony at Glasnevin cemetery where a “Remembrance Wall” naming a(...)

Educate Together chief executive Paul Rowe said  “the fact that an increasing number of Irish parents consider that it is necessary to get their children baptised in the Catholic faith in order to access publicly funded schools, rather than out of personal religious conviction, is a shocking alarm note for a modern democratic state.”

Multi-denominational school patron Educate Together has criticised the Government’s failure to stop State-funded religious schools from giving prefere(...)

Schools are in danger of being “micromanaged” by the department of education under new legislation governing admissions policies, a leading management body has said

Schools are in danger of being “micromanaged” by the department of education under new legislation governing admissions policies, a leading management(...)

‘We support each other in life’:  Brian Whiteside (left) and Brian Mooney. Photograph: Eric Luke

Brian Whiteside has been director of ceremonies for the Humanist Association of Ireland since 2002, when he ‘sold out of business’ and retired earl(...)

‘When our national school system was set up in 1831 it was to be a secular system where all children would be educated together. What a wonderful aspiration! But look how it ended up. In years to come people will look back and exclaim with horror: “You mean in the old days in Ireland Protestants and Catholics were educated separately?”.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Four years after then Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn, set up the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector, the Catholic Church h(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has signalled a willingness to make further concessions to teacher unions in talks today to avert a third strike date.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has signalled a willingness to make further concessions to teacher unions in talks today to avert a third strik(...)

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