Six Questions – Your Candidates Respond

Atheist Ireland has recently written to all constituent candidates asking them six questions on secular issues.
Many of them have now responded and we will be publishing their replies as they come in.

What can you do:
Offer assistance to candidates who support our policies.
Please choose the candidate that most supports a rational, ethical, secular Ireland.
Ask candidates in your constituency the same questions when they call to their door or by contacting the candidates directly.

The questions we asked were:

    1. 1. Will you work to reform the education system so that all children in your constituency can access publicly-funded schools which have no religious ethos?


    1. 2. Would you support a referendum to remove religious references from the Constitution?


    1. 3. Do you believe that blasphemy should be a criminal offence?


    1. 4. Would you support legislation to prevent hospitals from having a religious ethos?


    1. 5. If elected, would you vote to ensure that religious bodies are treated the same as other organisations under equality and employment legislation?


    6. Do you believe that religions should have to pay their fair share of tax on income that does not come from charitable activities?

You can find candidate responses on our Information page (at the top of this page) under the 2011 General Election tab. All responses are listed by Constituency.

If any of your local candidates are not represented here, it may be helpful if they are contacted by you as a constituent. Atheist Ireland has a letter which we would ask our members and supporters to use when contacting candidates directly – for a copy, contact Conor McGrath at

Link to our 2011 General Election page





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    David February 02, 2011

    Comment on usability:
    Could you perhaps include a sidebar with links to each of the constituencies – having to go to the tab at the top and run through the mouse-over rigmarole becomes very tedious very quickly!

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    Chloe Versini February 03, 2011

    Where is Galway? Or haven’t they answered yet? I’m worrying!

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    Steve Dugges February 03, 2011

    You’ll have to write to your Galway candidate to tell them to get the finger out! I had to do it for Mayo!

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    Hanuman February 04, 2011

    I wonder if you should change “Official Sinn Fein Response” to simply “Sinn Fein Response”?

    I thought the stickies were back and I got quite scared.