Catholic primate and Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin: Irish Catholic Church “of the 1940s and 1950s is gone and we would not want that back. It was very much tarnished gold.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The new Catholic primate and Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin (52) spoke yesterday of being “overwhelmed, fearful at what lies ahead but trusting (...)

 Brendan Boland who has launched his book, ‘Sworn to Silence’. “I wasn’t looking for a personal apology to myself. I was looking for an apology to all the children who had been abused since 1975, when he had the information. That’s the apology I wanted, not an apology to me.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Abuse victim Brendan Boland (53) has expressed disappointment at the manner of Cardinal Brady’s retirement as Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Prima(...)

 Brendan Boland who has written the  book  Sworn to Silence. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish TImes

A number of new documents including Catholic Primate Cardinal Seán Brady’s handwritten account of answers provided at a secret 1975 inquiry into alleg(...)

‘With almost 1,000 in custody in the English and Welsh prison system, Irish prisoners now constitute the second largest ethnic group after Polish prisoners.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The state visit to the UK by the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, has been hailed by many commentators as the placing of the final piec(...)

Archbishop Seán Brady:  the Irish Catholic Church could play a useful role in advising the new Vatican commission on child abuse, he said yesterday. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

It has been a long road. Based on the findings of the eight reviews of child protection published yesterday, we can conclude that much has been achiev(...)

Cathlic Primate Cardinal Sean Brady. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

The latest and largest tranche of reviews by the Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog will be published later this morning. The reports (...)

Parishioners in St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, where the ecumenical service was held. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A Church of Ireland rector who concelebrated the controversial 2006 Easter Sunday Mass in Drogheda with three Augustinian priests has, for the first t(...)

Labour Senator Mary Moran criticised her local Catholic church in Louth for giving anti-abortion campaigners the opportunity to speak from the pulpit. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Labour Senator Mary Moran criticised her local Catholic church in Louth for giving anti-abortion campaigners the opportunity to speak from the pulpit (...)

Episcopal Ordination of Eamon Martin as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh by Cardinal Seán Brady at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, last month. “Archbishop Martin would appear to be operating with a 19th century devotional understanding of the Eucharist that is both private and personal.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Catholic primate elect, Archbishop Eamon Martin, has been putting himself about, as they say, even though he hasn’t yet taken up office. La(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking aboout the proposed abortion legislation before a recent Cabinet meeting. He has staked his political reputation on getting the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill passed before the summer recess. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The determination of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to keep his troops in line for the passage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 through b(...)