Also on the programme former president of Ireland Mary McAleese says that while she likes Pope Francis she feels he just doesn’t get women – “there’s a blind side here.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Pope Francis has been publicly criticised by Irish American and senior Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke in a documentary to be broadcast on RTÉ One tele(...)

‘Irish Times’ editor Kevin O’Sullivan, with former editors Geraldine Kennedy and Conor Brady at the launch ‘The Irish Times 150 Years of Influence’, in the National Library. Photograph: Alan Betson

A new history of The Irish Times has underlined its repeated ability to transform itself and remain relevant to a discerning audience, the editor of (...)

Historian and Irish Times columnist Diarmaid Ferriter  at the launch of his new book  A Nation and Not A Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-1923. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Historian and Irish Times columnist Diarmaid Ferriter has warned against “shameless celebrations” of Ireland’s past and the downgrading of history in (...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan has published the draft General Scheme for a Retention of Records Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke

A Bill has been published by the Government which proposes that records gathered by the Ryan Commission, which investigated abuse in residential inst(...)

In a statement at the conclusion of their spring meeting in Maynooth, Catholic Bishops said “over one million people smoke cigarettes on the island of Ireland” and the new law “is to be welcomed notwithstanding the pressure exerted by corporate lobbying or legal threats regarding this matter”. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Catholic bishops have welcomed the signing into law of plain packaging for tobacco products. In a statement at the conclusion of their spri(...)

Happy days: Christine Buckley with American playwright Sam Shepard at Trinity College Dublin in 2012 where both received honorary degrees. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A Mass took place in Dublin’s Pro Cathedral on Wednesday afternoon to mark the first anniversary of the death of institutional abuse campaigner Christ(...)

 Fr Brendan Hoban   of the Association of Catholic Priests.  “Haranguing them into voting No in the referendum, regardless of the substance of the arguments . . . will have the effect of driving more and more of them out of the church. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gay people remain fair game among those “issues” deemed worthy of struggles with conscience by our churches. Other faiths, too. So Anglicans worldw(...)

The Sacred Hour [First version] (1907) by Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler. The image replaced one depicting Man Ray’s Venus Restored on the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture  after an outcry. Photograph via Pontifical Council for Culture’s website

The Vatican has removed the controversial Venus Restored (1936) by Surrealist artist Man Ray from the website of its Pontifical Council for Culture. T(...)

 Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh (right) and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin pictured  at the Columba Centre in Maynooth on Tuesday where they held a press conference on the Catholic Church’ stance on the forthcoming same sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Collins

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has refused to say whether Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran retains his confidence in discussing same se(...)

Fr Iggy O’Donovan: “It is possible to have deep and passionately-held convictions without seeking to have those convictions imposed by the State on fellow citizens who do not share them.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne. 1:51

A Catholic priest has called for a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum in May on the grounds of “respect for the freedom of others who diffe(...)