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Humanist Association of Ireland

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Humanist Association of Ireland

The Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI) is an Humanism, which they describe as:
an ethical philosophy of life, based on a concern for humanity in general, and for human individuals in particular. This view of life combines reason with compassion. It is for those people who base their interpretation of existence on the evidence of the natural world and its evolution, and not on belief in a supernatural power.[1]

The HAI publishes a bi-monthly magazine, Humani. They also run an annual summer school in association with Humani and the Belfast Humanist Group and host a Darwin Day lecture in Trinity College Dublin.

The HAI is also active in providing Humanist alternatives to traditional wedding, baptism and funeral ceremonies.[2]

The HAI is a member organisation of the European Humanist Federation and is affiliated to the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). The official symbol of the HAI is the Happy Human.

Currently monthly meetings are held on the first Sunday of every month in one of the meeting rooms in Buswells Hotel at the corner of Kildare Street and Molesworth Street in Dublin 2 (opposite Leinster House).

In April 2009 the Association started an advertising campaign on the DART against religious oaths of office for Irish judges and presidents.[3]

Dick Spicer, the then chairman, has criticised the educational system, claiming that it discriminates against non-believers.[4] He resigned as chairman of the board of HAI in July 2010.[5]

In November 2010 the Association objected to a pilot programme called "Goodness me, Goodness you" on the grounds that it separated children into believers and non-believers at an early age.[6] They said that faith classes should take place outside school hours.[6]


  1. ^ Humanist Association of Ireland official site - about the HAI
  2. ^ HAI official site - ceremonies
  3. ^ Humanists launch campaign against judicial religious oaths, Patsy McGarry, The Irish Times, 4 April 2009, retrieved 22 April 2009
  4. ^ New school model still tramples on rights of the non-religious, Dick Spicer, The Irish Times, 14 April 2009, retrieved 22 April 2009.
  5. ^ Patsy McGarry (19 July 2010). "Spicer resigns as humanist leader over religion in schools row". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Walshe, John (16 November 2010). "'"Row over teaching of religion in primary schools' 'experiment.  

External links

  • Humanist Association of Ireland website
  • Archive of articles published by HAI members
  • Mid-west Branch
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