Bishop of Dromore John McAreavey: likened direct provision  to industrial schools of the past. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Catholic Bishop of Dromore John McAreavey has said it would be helpful if resources offered by religious orders to help pay the redress bill for survi(...)

Bishop John McAreavey. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Catholic bishops launched a stinging attack on the direct provision system for asylum seekers at a press conference in Maynooth yesterday. One bishop(...)

In late 2012 John McAreavey (left) and five other members of the family of murdered Michaela  McAreavey (right) entered civil proceedings against the Legends Hotel, now known as Lux Resorts, in Mauritius. They claimed damages amounting to the equivalent of €1.6 million. Photograph: PA Wire

The family of Michaela McAreavey, the Irish woman who was killed in a hotel in Mauritius in 2011, has said criminal investigations into her death seem(...)

 The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland, including Cardinal Seán Brady, have written to the North’s Assembly members urging them to reject a Sinn Féin motion calling for the legalisation of gay marriage. Photograph: David Sleator

The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland, including Cardinal Seán Brady, have written an open(...)

Mary McAleese led mourners at requiem Mass for the late Paddy Leneghan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Senior State and church figures joined hundreds of mourners in Co Down yesterday for the funeral of Patrick (Paddy) Leneghan, father of former preside(...)

Then taoiseach Bertie Ahern at a press conference in October 2001 to announce plans for the 2002 referendum on abortion. “In making the case for that referendum and for rowing back on the suicide ground Bertie Ahern and indeed Micheál Martin repeatedly cited the so-called ‘slippery slope’ argument that legislating for termination on grounds of suicide would, as Ahern put it, ‘commence an inevitable slide towards social abortion in Ireland’.” Photograph: Chris Bacon/PA

Chairing a panel discussion at the recent Fianna Fáil ardfheis I couldn’t resist asking the political scientist Tim Bale how he thought the par(...)