Church of Ireland primate Richard Clarke: US Episcopal church excluded from decision-making on doctrine or polity, but reports of ‘sanctions’ and ‘censures’ were  ‘cynical manipulation’ of facts, said the Archbishop.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Richard Clarke has dismissed some reports on the outcome of a meeting of Anglican Communion of Primates at Ca(...)

The Anglican Communion’s 38 primates voted by two-thirds majority to censure the US Episcopal Church.

A decision by Anglican Communion primates to suspend the US Episcopal Church from committees and decision-making for three years, as it allows clergy (...)

Canon Andrew White, the “Vicar of Baghdad” at  the Conrad Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

He is known as “the Vicar of Baghdad”. He used to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the UK and has survived “lots”of attempts on his own l(...)

 Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A schism in the worldwide Anglican Communion over homosexual rights and women clerics would be a failure but not a disaster, the spiritual head of An(...)

RAF Typhoons arrive at RAF Akrotiri to begin operations againts Isis in Syria in Akrotiri, Cyprus. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has executed 152 people in 2015, most of them by beheading, leaving so-called Islamic State, also known as Isis, in the ha’penny place wh(...)

Paul O’Connell, having given his all as Lions captain  in 2009, looked like he took about a year to recover. He was far from alone. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The dust had barely settled on New Zealand’s World Cup final triumph over Australia when, just five days later, the Lions Rugby emails began landing i(...)

Christopher (28), a banker with Santander and Kathryn (29), a researcher and lecturer in politics at the University of Manchester, met in 2005 at a(...)

Aaron Smith: his Otago  Highlanders team  were playing at a tempo way above anything I had experienced. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Last April I had the opportunity to visit the ‘land of the long white cloud’, New Zealand. It was a great gig. I was to watch, coach and investigat(...)

Nina Panagopoulou at home in Dublin: ‘Being in a foreign country, away from Greece, I was treated like I was an expert: a politician or an economist.’ Photograph: Sara Freund

Nina Panagopoulou: arrived from Greece, 2012 Before moving to Ireland, Nina Panagopoulou often felt uncomfortable telling people she was an art(...)

  Indulgent hotels Capture a castle in Mayo Ashford Castle is synonymous with luxury and now that new owners, the Tollman family, ha(...)