Jane Donnelly

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Campaigners argue that children in State-funded schools  face obstacles exercising their right to opt out of religious instruction. Photograph: iStock

Schools have no legal basis to compel students to attend religious instruction classes, according to a report to be published this week. Atheist Irel(...)

The Electoral Act obliges those who are challenged while voting to swear on a Bible or publicly refuse to do so. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In Ireland high public office is only for the religious, and our court system ignores the rights of atheists, despite the fact that we pride ourselves(...)

The WRC found that Yellow Furze primary school in Co Meath discriminated against the boy. Photograph: Alan Betson

The atheist parents of a boy who was found to have been discriminated against by a Catholic primary school have expressed their “absolute delight” wit(...)

There are 156 full-time chaplain posts – mostly Catholic – allocated to Education and Training Boards secondary schools and colleges. The annual cost is €9.8 million. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty

Education authorities are spending almost €10 million of taxpayers’ money on hiring religious chaplains for State-run multidenominational secondary sc(...)

Ciara Roosli, Tramore, Co Waterford, says she has difficulties opting her child out of religious education.  ‘I can’t continue to take him out of the school. I run a business.’  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Many parents are finding it “impossible” to opt-out their children from religion classes despite their legal right to do so, according to campaigners.(...)

One parent was asked questions about what religion the family was and asked for a baptism certificate if there was one. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty

Catholic primary schools are still requesting details of children’s baptism records despite new laws that prohibit the use of religion in their enrolm(...)

Atheist Ireland said the failure of State schools to implement these measures means non-religious students are being discriminated against. File photograph: Getty

State secondary schools are refusing to implement a directive which requires them to provide students who opt out of religious instruction with access(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has criticised what he has described as a lack of progress on developing the Taoiseach’s proposed new covenant. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Religious leaders are expected to ask Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to elaborate on Thursday on what he meant when calling for a new covenant between church (...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton says a new  circular on the rules around religious tuition will bring clarification to schools. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

CARL O’BRIEN, Education Editor School students in State schools will be forced to study religion on foot of a new directive, it has been claimed. T(...)

Moves to changes how religion is taught in primary schools have met with resistance from many Catholic groups, who fear it will undermine the ethos of their schools. Photograph: iStock

Should primary teachers only be permitted to teach in the classroom if they pass a certificate in religious studies? With the majority of schools und(...)

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