President Micheal D Higgins laying a wreath on behalf of the Irish people during the National Day of Commemoration at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland’s war dead and Defence Force personnel who died while serving on UN missions were remembered in a formal military and religious ceremony at th(...)

The remains of the students who died in the balcony collapse in Berkeley, California leave Dublin Airport. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The funerals of four of the students who died in Berkeley, California are to begin in Dublin on Tuesday. The remains of Eoghan Culligan, Lorcán(...)

Bishop Kevin Doran, bishop of Elphin, said: “Every citizen and long-term resident has a vested interest in how society defines and protects marriage and the family founded on marriage”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The opposition of Pope Francis to same-sex marriage in his native Argentina was referred to by the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin in a (...)

Wounded   troops  during the Battle of Loos in France. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

As a young priest* Fr Francis Gleeson asked to be relieved of his duties following the terrible Battle of Loos in September 1915. Aged 31, “the sain(...)

Alan Kelly, Minister fo the Environment: the public was positively disposed to passing the referendum but nothing could be taken for granted.  Archive photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said some bishops contributing to the marriage equality debate have been balanced while others have not.Sp(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin greets Shaikh Hussein Halawa, the imam of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland after Mass in the Pro-Cathedral. Photograph: John McElroy.

The need to build “a culture of dialogue and respect’’ was stressed by Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin at a Mass in the Pro-Cathedral in solid(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has backed calls for the establishment of an inquiry into deaths at  mother and baby homes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has backed calls for the establishment of an independent inquiry into mother and baby homes, saying it was impo(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “a clear plurality will make it easier for teachers to find an environment in which they can be true to their convictions”. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said that the longer the Catholic Church exercises a “near monopoly” in primary education, the more difficult(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin speaking to choral students from Colaiste Mhuire, Cabra, Colaiste Bhríde, Clondalkin, and Holy Faith in Killester and Clontarf at the launch of the Emmanuel Concert Series for 2014.This years concerts will remember soon to be saints John Paul II and John XXIII in song and prayer. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More than 2,000 students from 61 schools in the Dublin diocese will mark the canonisation of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII at a series of conce(...)

“For some, alcohol and drug use sadly open for them a path which is the opposite of socialising - a path of isolation and marginalisation from society and community,”said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin today. Photograph: Getty Images

Healing for those afflicted with addiction to drugs or alcohol must come from the community, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin has said.Opening a work(...)