Lightning strikes near Cologne’s famed Catholic cathedral – more than 200,000 Germans left the Catholic Church last year. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

More than 200,000 Germans formally left the Catholic Church last year. It represents a 22 per cent increase from 2013, when 178,805 left, to 217,716 i(...)

An Garda Síochána failed in its duty to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse made by two women against a priest in the Cloyne diocese, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has found. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

An Garda Síochána failed in its duty to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse made by two women against a priest in the Cloyne diocese, the Ga(...)

Be glad for our Muslims friends, neighbours and fellow citizens. Ramadan ended at the weekend. Their 30 days of fasting and prayer between sunrise (...)

Rev Dr William O’Neill, who  had been author of Presbyterian Notes for The Irish Times since 1960.  Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

His name is Bill O’Neill and at the end of last month he finished writing for The Irish Times after 55 years. Is this a record? He had been author of(...)

Police officers and paramedics attend to a girl who was trapped underneath a car at Ardoyne in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images. 1:47

The driver of a car which injured a 16-year-old girl in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast on Monday evening is to be charged with attempted murder, PS(...)

Police line up in front of Loyalist protesters on the Crumlin Road in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

Violence in north Belfast during Orange Order parades has been condemned on all sides in Northern Ireland. Twenty-four police officers were hurt and (...)

Police attend to an injured girl, after rolling the car off her, which had driven into a crowd of people outside Ardoyne in north Belfast. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images 1:47

Twenty-four police officers were hurt and a 16-year-old girl was taken to hospital after Orange Order parades turned violent in Belfast on Monday. The(...)

Loyalists break through a police barrier as they are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Loyalists hurled missiles at PSNI officers yesterday evening when Orangemen were prevented from parading past the Ardoyne shops in North Belfast. (...)

Protestant members of the Orange Order pass the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast on their way to the main parade. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

There was a small attendance at 9am Mass in St Patrick’s Church on Belfast’s Donegall Street as Orange bands passed outside. They were on the way to t(...)

Dear Oscar. He could not resist a clever pun. Then he did say, “I can resist everything but temptation.” In his play The Important of Being Earnest Os(...)