Wreaths at a memorial to the members of the Miami Showband at a ceremony organised by Justice for the Forgotten in Dublin last week. Survivors of the UVF atrocity have called for soldiers who suspected their ranks had been infiltrated by loyalists to help shed light on the incident. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

The survivors of the Miami Showband attack have urged soldiers who suspected their ranks had been infiltrated by loyalists to help shed light on the U(...)

 Fr Tony Flannery said on his website: “We are told that Jesus had four brothers, and an indefinite number of sisters. This does not fit with the church’s need to present Jesus as the Son of God, conceived in a way that is different from other humans, and Mary as the perpetual virgin. So the scholars turned the brothers and sisters into cousins!”

Fr Tony Flannery, founding member of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), has challenged the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was a life-long (...)

Cardinal Seán Brady told the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry the scandal of Brendan Smyth’s paedophilia was “kept a secret – very, very secret”. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Retired Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady has said he was “truly sorry” for the “totally inadequate and ineffective” manner in which the church dea(...)

Cardinal Sean Brady, who retired last year, arrives at Banbridge Court on Thursday to give evidence in The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Clerics involved in investigating child sex abuse were bound to secrecy so the Catholic church’s “good name” could be protected, Cardinal Sean Brady h(...)

File photograph of former abbot of the Norbertine Order and Brendan Smyth’s superior, Kevin Smith, who told police he did not realise at the time that paedophilia was a crime.

The former abbot of the Kilnacrott Norbertine Abbey in Co Cavan, Kevin Smith, has been accused of telling lies about his knowledge of when Fr Brend(...)

Brendan Smyth: told doctor after his arrest he may have abused 50-100 children, and that ‘number could even be double or perhaps even more’. Photograph: Pacemaker

Even before he was ordained in 1951 there were serious concerns about Fr Brendan Smyth’s sexual proclivities, the North’s Historical Institutional (...)

Retired Archbishop of Armagh Cardinal Sean Brady, who as far back as 1975 heard allegations of sexual abuse against the late  Fr Brendan Smyth, is to give evidence at the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry in Banbridge, Co Down on Thursday. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Retired Archbishop of Armagh Cardinal Sean Brady has stated there was a culture of “secrecy and silence” in the Catholic Church which believed issues (...)

Mourners arrive at a vigil for four Irish students who died when a Berkeley apartment balcony collapsed on Friday, June 19, 2015, in Oakland California. Photograph: Noah Berger/AP

Family and friends of six Irish students killed in Tuesday’s balcony collapse in Berkeley, California, are gathering for the joint funeral of Ashley D(...)

 One of the many messages left near the scene of a fourth-floor balcony collapse in Berkeley on  June 16th which killed  six Irish students and seriously injured seven others. 1:25

Two of the seven Irish students injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse, which killed six of their friends, remain in a critical condition in Highlan(...)

The Kincora Boys Home in Belfast. Photograph: Pacemaker

The British security service shielded and blackmailed child sex abusers involved in a paedophile ring at a notorious Belfast care home, the High Court(...)