Anti-fracking protesters at a demonstration in Co Fermanagh last year. Photograph: Boyes/Press Eye.

The lead company employed to carry out a study on fracking in Ireland is a pro-fracking organisation involved in the controversial gas extraction meth(...)

Karen Buckley: missing in Glasgow. A schoolfriend in Mallow described her as ‘a lovely, lovely girl, very quiet, sporty, never in trouble in school . . . It’s kind of hard to fathom.’

Parishioners in Mourneabbey began arriving for a vigil Mass for missing student Karen Buckley as a 21-year-old man was detained in Glasgow for questi(...)

 “We have a strange kind of dichotomy: a secular society still governed by outdated notions of tradition and creed. And a strange kind of paradoxical standard: we’re defined by a faith system that hasn’t adequately defined us in years.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I’m not the first person to have said that Ireland is a nation of à la carte Catholics, clinging to religion as a distinguishing quirk while being (...)

Karen Buckley (24), went missing in Glasgow after visiting a nightclub with friends on Saturday night. 0:52

Karen Buckley (24), is a graduate of University of Limerick where she studied general nursing. She graduated in January 2014 before taking time out to(...)

The brother of missing student Karen Buckley has appealed for anyone who may have seen her to contact police 4:53

The brother of missing student Karen Buckley has appealed for anyone who may have seen her to contact police. Speaking from Sydney, Kieran Buckley tol(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Catholic bishops have not made any decision on whether priests should decline to perform civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex couples following the May 22nd referendum. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Catholic bishops have not made any decision on whether priests should decline to perform civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex(...)

 Worcester Chamber of Commerce president Timothy Murray (left) with  Worcester chamber marketing executive Danielle Shabo and Adrian Bradley, chief executive  of i3 Digital

A Belfast technology company has won a “breakthrough” contract in the United States to roll out an app that could potentially support 25,000 businesse(...)

Pope Francis leads a mass for Armenian Catholics marking 100 years since the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire. Photograph: AFP

Pope Francis has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians as “the first genocide of the 20th century”, w(...)

Former first lady Hillary Clinton is viewed as the Democrats’ best bet of retaining the White House. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Hillary Clinton will end months of speculation on Sunday when she announces she is running to become the first female president of the United States,(...)

 Karen Brassard, a Boston Bombing survivor, and  Carlos Arredondo (L), who  helped victims on the day of the bombing, talk to the media after the jury verdict of guilty on all charges against Dzhokhar Tsamaev. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA. 0:50

In the silent well of Courtroom Nine, a clerk read out the jury’s verdicts: Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. The word echoed in the courtroom as the clerk pron(...)