‘This is the background against which most church building by our major Christian denomination took place in Ireland, one of famine, destitution and deepest privation.’ Above, a Famine memorial in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The Church of St Joseph and the Immaculate Conception in Bohola, Co Mayo is 150 years old this year. Its foundation stone was laid in 1858, less than (...)

A man has been awarded €315,000 damages over being “systematically” sexually abused between 1969 and 1972 by a former Marist Brother while a pupil at St John’s National School in Sligo. Photograph: Reuters

A man has been awarded €315,000 damages at the High Court over being “systematically” sexually abused by a Marist Brother over three years while he wa(...)

The proposed greenway on the Collooney to Claremorris section of the disused Galway-Sligo railway line aims to replicate the success of the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Mayo County Council is under pressure from rival lobby groups over the future of a large section of the disused railway line between Galway and Sligo,(...)

Crisis of conscience:  Lucinda Creighton has thrived in the European portfolio but has had conflict within Fine Gael. Photograph:   Justin Mac Innes/Getty Images

Decisions, decisions. Lucinda Creighton faces a difficult choice next week when the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill returns to the Dáil. She (...)

No frontiers: the Greenway near Westport, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The idea of turning abandoned railway lines into walking and cycling routes, called greenways, is catching on. Indeed, Taoiseach Enda Kenny kno(...)