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(...)

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(...)

Dr Eoin Daly of NUI Galway said arguments citing “constitutional barriers to change and reform” in the area of religion in schools “have been overstated”. File photograph: Getty Images

The Constitution was being used in a “bogus” way to allow State-funded schools discriminate on the basis of religion, a leading expert on constitution(...)

 Chris De Burgh performs during the humanist funeral service for Paolo Tullio at Trinity College Dublin, June 11th, 2015. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Affectionate tributes were paid to the late Paolo Tullio at his funeral service in Trinity College on Thursday. The award-winning chef and restaurant(...)

Pictured, from left, are JP Connolly, Susan Ryder, Chris Gordon, Dr Lorraine Nancy O Brien, Christine Mc Quillan, Mary Grant, and Irish Times ‘trainee’ celebrant Kate Holmquist. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Druid ceremonies, hand-tying, sand-pouring ceremonies, candle-lighting ceremonies, St Brigid’s Well water in chalices, jumping the broom, story-tel(...)

‘This is Ireland. The body-and-blood people and the bread-and-wine people are very fussy about keeping themselves separate . . . The ethos has to be protected – and respected – at all times.’ Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images

  Please, sir, may I ask a question? Of course. It’s important to ask questions and to get good, satisfactory answers: it’s what educa(...)

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(...)

‘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(...)

“There is a new reality that has to be addressed. One third of couples are getting married in non-religious ceremonies. It’s reasonable to ask what sort of schools they want for their children.” File photograph:  Dave Thompson/PA Wire

School patrons should be banned from seeking baptism certificates or other proof of a child’s religious affiliation in managing admissions, the Humani(...)

Alison Curtis: taking the helm in Ray D’Arcy’s old slot on Today FM

It says something about Ray D’Arcy’s reputation that, in a week when he is conspicuously absent, those replacing him struggle to make their presenc(...)

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