‘The church proclaims to invite people to join in Catholic worship but there is nothing “invitational” about the role of the Catholic Church in the primary sector.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The winds of change that former minister for education Ruairí Quinn heralded in school patronage four years ago have now evaporated. The Forum on Patr(...)

An inquiry into the operation of mother and baby homes in Ireland should establish precisely what happened in those institutions; the level of approva(...)

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has warned against “constant criticism” of the Garda.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has warned against “constant criticism” of the Garda. In a lengthy address on ‘Good G(...)

It is to be hoped that following their impassioned speeches in the Dáil last week about the cruel realities of life as gay men in Ireland that TDs Jer(...)

 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Crosscare food bank this morning talking with foodbank manager Valerie Cummins. Photograph: John Mc Elroy.

There are children in Dublin schools so hungry they cannot learn while some university students “don’t have decent nourishment” either, the Catholic A(...)

  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin:   “The children who were abused and their families and dear ones must be uppermost in our minds”.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said children who were abused by priests must be remembered during any criticisms of the Murphy report.He sai(...)