President Michael D Higgins said the anti-austerity street protests in many EU states could be seen as “not just the mechanical result of deplorable levels of unemployment and deteriorating material circumstances”, but also a reflection of a “breakdown of trust between citizens and their institutions”.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Unaccountable forces removed from democratic control are today in control in the European Union, President Michael D Higgins has declared in one of th(...)

Atheist Ireland has called for religious equality for all pupils and teachers in Irish schools. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Atheist Ireland is seeking public support for its Schools Equality PACT, an initiative to promote religious equality for all pupils and teachers in Ir(...)

Former president Mary McAleese has criticised the Catholic church’s view on corporal punishment. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The Catholic church’s support for the corporal punishment of children has been raised with Pope Francis by former president Mary McAleese, according t(...)

On March 29th 1975 Fr Seán Brady, later the Catholic primate, was asked by Bishop McKiernan to conduct a canonical inquiry into allegations of abuse against the Norbertine priest Fr Brendan Smyth. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

And so ends one of the sorriest sagas in the abuse crisis which has engulfed the Catholic Church in Ireland. It first came to public notice with the j(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald signed the commencement order for the Marriage Act 2015 which will enable same-sex couples to marry in Ireland. Tánaiste Joan Burton signed an accompanying regulation under the Civil Registration Act 2004 at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald signed the commencement order for the Marriage Act 2015 at Dublin Castle on Tuesday evening. (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘I think some of the, what I would call, educational establishment in the Catholic Church are dragging their feet.’   Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

At DCU in September 2006 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said “the fostering of plurality of educational patronage is something desirable and welcome in Ir(...)

Prof John Coolahan: “I would have expected more where the Christian ethos is so strong.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Efforts to divest schools from religious ownership in the State have been very disappointing, especially as the process involves people of strong Chr(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: ‘Times have changed in Irish society and the church must change.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The Catholic Church must free itself from control of schools and other institutions, the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has said. “The (...)

One of life’s great, if furtive, pleasures has to be eavesdropping. It can be irresistible, particularly wherever two of three are gathered. Anymore a(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and Major General David O’Morchoe, President Royal British Legion, lay wreaths at the Remembrance Sunday service, at St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

There is not a village or town in any county in Ireland that did not suffer losses in the first World War, a remembrance service at St Patrick’s Ca(...)