Several of Ireland’s Catholic bishops may be subject to investigation by the new Vatican tribunal announced this week by Pope Francis (above). The tribunal will hold bishops to account where it is claimed they failed to protect children from sexual abuse by priests. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

At least 12 of Ireland’s Catholic bishops may be subject to investigation by the new Vatican tribunal announced this week by Pope Francis. The tribun(...)

Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin. It is understood a decision may be made on Hibernia College around the end of June, although the bishops would make no further comment. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Graduates of teacher training college Hibernia face several more weeks of uncertainty over whether they have been approved by the Catholic Church to t(...)

 Image from a media briefing at the conclusion of the Summer General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth on June 10th, 2015. Pictured is Archbishop of Armagh and president of the conference Eamon Martin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Catholic primate has indicated there is to be no change in the role of priests in the civil element of marriages despite the passage of the same-s(...)

The threat to end the role of Catholic priests in solemnising marriage if the same-sex referendum got through should be seen for what it was: a crude (...)

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 (...)

 Archbishop Eamon Martin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said the Catholic Church felt a sense of “bereavement” following the result of the same-sex marriage refe(...)

 Archbishop Eamon Martin: The Catholic Church was “not here to impose, but to invite people to a personal relationship with Jesus which, in turn, calls them to conversion and change in their lives.”  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has welcomed the raised awareness of issues faced by gay people that was brought about by the debate surro(...)

 Brian Sheehan and Gráinne Healy from Yes Equality campaigning on Dublin’s Grafton Street with Vivian Sheehan from Windy Arbour. Photograph: Sharpix

In Yes campaign headquarters we took to calling them Bráinne. Such was the symmetry between Brian Sheehan and Gráinne Healy, the co-directors of Yes E(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: Iona Institute director David Quinn said he raised ‘a very important point. The Government plans to protect the right of churches not to celebrate same-sex marriages, but this protection will appear only in legislation, not in the Constitution.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Iona Institute has commended the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin for raising concerns about what it describes as implications for th(...)

Sister Stanislaus Kennedy: “I have thought a lot about this,” she told The Irish Times. “I am going to vote Yes in recognition of the gay community as full members of society. They should have an entitlement to marry. It is a civil right and a human right.”   Above: Sr Stan outside the Dáil in 2012 with campaigners against sex trafficking. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy has announced she will vote in favour of same-sex marriage in the forthcoming referendum.“I have thought a lot about this,” she (...)