Sir Anthony Hart, chairman of the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry, said the inquiry would complete its work by July next year and submit its report in January 2017. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry is to investigate a further six institutions, bringing the total number to 22, the inquiry chairman(...)

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: his department published data  showing that the  number of children becoming homeless outside the capital is increasing at almost three times the rate in Dublin. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

The cost of accommodating homeless families with children outside Dublin has increased by up to 75 times since January, figures obtained by The Irish (...)

Tawa Awobinpe with children Malik (5), Mubarak (12), Faridah (on lap 18mths) and Tunde (6) in Edel House, Grattan St, Co Cork. Photograph: Provision

Tawa Awonbinpe, originally from Nigeria and now an Irish citizen, says her four children have “experienced things they shouldn’t” since they became ho(...)

Archbishop Éamon Martin says Thomas Flynn’s “great love for Catholic education was known throughout Ireland”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The death has taken place of the retired bishop of Achonry, Thomas Flynn (84). He was born in Ballaghadereen, Co Roscommon in 1931 and was ordained a (...)

The last time I visited the Holy Land was with Pope John Paul II in the year 2000. Excuse me. Pope saint John Paul II. Visiting there with “ordinar(...)

Mils Muliaina, confronted here by Phil Burleigh of Edinburgh, will captain Connacht against La Rochelle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the abiding memories from the Sportsground last week was the performance of 25-year-old Connacht wing Matt Healy. He was quite simply exceptio(...)

Ger Lyons: fourth in the trainer’s table in Ireland with 45 winners worth just shy of €1 million. Photograph: Inpho

Next week’s Middle Park Stakes can’t come quick enough for Ger Lyons as the Co Meath trainer reckons Capella Sansevero can put a Group One cherry on t(...)

Scotland Yard photo from 2003 of Robert Hulme, now 34, who was one of six dissident Republicans freed from prison today. Photograph: PA Photo/Scotland Yard/Collect

Six dissident republicans transferred to jails here to complete lengthy sentences for conspiring to cause explosions in Britain have been released aft(...)

The Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, which was a home from 1930 to 1970. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eighteen years ago, on May 11th, 1996, Padraig O’Morain wrote in this newspaper about a woman he called Eileen, whose baby was taken from her in a mot(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter wrote to Rome to seek clarification on its claim congregations which ran Magdalene  laundries were willing to pay part of compensation scheme. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

A Vatican submission last December to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) made three signific(...)