Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said the recent killings “threaten not just public order but democracy and the rule of law”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, has said that the perpetrators of the recent gangland murders in Dublin are “despicable and cynical exp(...)

Cork’s synagogue on the  South Terrace has closed.

Cork’s synagogue on the city’s South Terrace has closed following ceremonies over the weekend. “It was very sad to see something like that happen but (...)

In a word . . . China

Hello and happy New Year’s Day. I know, I know. That was last month, you say, way over there at the other end of gone and already (wilfully) forgotten(...)

Fr John Gallagher (48), who is from Strabane, Co Tyrone,  has been ministering in Florida since 2000.

An Irish Catholic priest has been singled out for praise in a letter sent to the Vatican by US police officers who investigated a clerical child abuse(...)

The sit out took place at St Ann’s Church on Dawson Street  in the days running up to Christmas. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

The 2015 Black Santa Sit Out at St Ann’s Church on Dublin’s Dawson Street was the most successful ever yielding a record €41,400 for charity, the larg(...)

Catholic groups said the policy of the last 20 years of relying on the private rented sector to meet social housing needs had proven “a dismal failure”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Four Catholic Church-related social justice organisations have called on all candidates and voters in the forthcoming general election to make housing(...)

Br Kevin Crowley: ‘This morning a family came in to me who were on the verge of being evicted. Six in the family and no food. Desperate. The wife was crying. The husband has lost his job.’ Photograph: David Sleator

The depth of the State’s economic recovery has been questioned by a Capuchin brother involved in feeding hundreds of people in Dublin every day. Br(...)

President Michael D Higgins: Essential services must not become a political football in the election campaign. Photograph: PA

In an unprecedented intervention on the eve of the general election campaign President Michael D Higgins has questioned the emphasis being placed on t(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the launch of On the Importance of Ethics report. Photograph: The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has warned that essential services must not become a political football in the general election campaign. Asked about th(...)

In a word . . . Joyce

It was spring 1999 and we were high in the hills near the Macedonian capital, Skopje, looking for Nato troops. War was raging in nearby Kosovo, and Al(...)