Ashley Judd: supporters of a basketball team posted tweets calling Judd a ‘whore’ and threatening her with sexual violence. Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Should we worry about Ashley Judd setting the cops on a bunch of Twitter-happy knuckleheads? There are certainly greater threats to the global communi(...)

‘Many “nice blokes” are simply naive, and don’t know the statistical data on the poor representation of women in philosophy’

Gender inequality in academia has been at the centre of much attention lately. Figures from Irish universities show 53 per cent of undergraduates b(...)

A Harry Clarke stained glass window depicting St Patrick at the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I grew up on stories of St Patrick. Some were legendary, some were almost swashbuckling. One tale that particularly appealed to my boyish imagination (...)

A bagpipe band makes its way up 5th Avenue  on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Getty

Guinness is back as sponsor of the world’s biggest St Patrick’s Day parade.The drinks giant withdrew its support of the 2014 parade down Fifth Avenue (...)

Let us be absolutely clear: scientists are in no doubt that climate change is happening, that it’s being caused by the build-up of heat-trapping gases(...)

 Cardinal Bernard Law.

The former Cardinal Archbishop of Boston Bernard Law, who resigned from the post in 2002 amid allegations of cover-up in the handling of cleric(...)

The overseas trade drive comes after a challenging year for Irish goods exports, with a fall-off in chemical and pharmaceutical sales, largely due to big-name drugs coming off patent.

Government Ministers will highlight the success of multinational firms in Ireland and the oppotunity to be part of the State’s economic recover(...)

In Brigid’s footsteps

The consecration of the Most Revd Patricia Louise Storey today as Bishop of Meath and Kildare marks a major milestone, for she is the first woman to b(...)

A statue of St Patrick at the base of Croagh Patrick. Rev Marcus Losack’s book challenges our traditional understanding of where the saint came from and the truth about who he was.

‘I am Patrick, a sinner” is a disarmingly straightforward admission from the man credited with Christianising the Irish. Little else concerning our pa(...)

Archbishop of Dublin, Most Rev Michael Jackson: sectarianism  ‘insufficiently explored  in the Republic’. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

There was a little of Lady Macbeth in the reaction of some in the Church of Ireland to Archbishop Michael Jackson’s recent observations on sectarianis(...)