Three people sexually abused by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth want the Supreme Court to permit them to sue a Catholic Bishop here over the church’s alleged failure to act to prevent Smyth abusing children.

Three people sexually abused by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth want the Supreme Court to permit them to sue a Catholic Bishop here over the church’s (...)

Marie Collins: “The fact that criminal child abusers were being protected by their superiors needed to be known if it was to be stopped.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Marie Collins is tired, not surprisingly. Dealing with the grinding, mechanical mindset she has encountered again and again at senior levels in the C(...)

Tougher Business Park: sprawling 125-acre business campus

The New York-based York Investment Corporation has outbid two other international funds and an Irish businessman to buy Tougher Business Park on the (...)

On March 29th 1975 Fr Seán Brady, later the Catholic primate, was asked by Bishop McKiernan to conduct a canonical inquiry into allegations of abuse against the Norbertine priest Fr Brendan Smyth. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

And so ends one of the sorriest sagas in the abuse crisis which has engulfed the Catholic Church in Ireland. It first came to public notice with the j(...)

The Court of Appeal has halted three actions for damages brought against a Catholic Bishop in a representative capacity over the church’s alleged failed to act to prevent paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth sexually abusing children. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

The Court of Appeal has halted three actions for damages brought against a Catholic Bishop in a representative capacity over the church’s alleged fail(...)

The 63.72 hectares (157 acres) of undeveloped land at the M1 Business Park

A superbly located business park on either side of the M1 motorway near Balbriggan, Co Dublin, which failed to take off during the property boom, is (...)

 Fr Tony Flannery said on his website: “We are told that Jesus had four brothers, and an indefinite number of sisters. This does not fit with the church’s need to present Jesus as the Son of God, conceived in a way that is different from other humans, and Mary as the perpetual virgin. So the scholars turned the brothers and sisters into cousins!”

Fr Tony Flannery, founding member of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), has challenged the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was a life-long (...)

Hugh Hefner and Holly Madison were in the news, although Hef wasn’t too happy about it. Photograph: Chris Weeks/Wireimage

So Old Moore seems to have had a pretty impressive month of predictions. Even though things were grim, the crystal ball was crystal clear. &nbs(...)

Victims of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth are to sue An Garda Siochána over its failure to take action when they were allegedly notified in the 1970s that Smyth was a child sex abuser. Photograph: Alan Betson

Victims of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth are to sue An Garda Síochána for damages over its failure to take action when they were allegedly notified (...)

In 1975, Cardinal Seán Brady conducted canonical investigations into allegations by two teenage boys of abuse by Fr Brendan Smyth. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Hearing Cardinal Seán Brady’s evidence to the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry was to be reminded of a damning conclusion in Judge Yvonn(...)