From left: the Very Rev Arfon Williams, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Mary McAleese, Martin McAleese, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, at  WB Yeats’s grave. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

In the tiny church of Drumcliffe under bare Ben Bulben’s head, tributes were paid to many lives lost in conflict as Prince Charles and the Duchess of (...)

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 (...)

Gordon Jeyes,  chief executive of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has denied claims the cut in funding to Accord is part of a wider Government policy to withdraw financial support (...)

Accord’s president Bishop Denis Nulty said in a statement he was “very disappointed that Tusla has made this funding decision.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government rejects claims that State funding for marriage preparation courses provided by a Catholic support agency was withdrawn because of the (...)

Catholic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran: was one of the original signatories. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A cross-denominational religious group campaigning for a No vote in the same-sex marriage referendum has distributed 20,000 pamphlets to over 100 chur(...)

Norman Tebbit: Miriam O’Callaghan’s open-ended approach allows glimpses of the person beneath the steely exterior and apparently unfeeling monotone

Politicians have underestimated it, artists have been beguiled by it, A-listers charmed and D-listers flattered. But after years of luring unsuspec(...)

 Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh (right) and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin pictured  at the Columba Centre in Maynooth on Tuesday where they held a press conference on the Catholic Church’ stance on the forthcoming same sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Collins

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has refused to say whether Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran retains his confidence in discussing same se(...)

Former minister for justice said because the new children’s Bill addresses such important issues it was important that it was given appropriate time for debate in the Dail. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter said the Government needs to reconsider the lack of reference to surrogacy in the Child and Family Relationsh(...)

Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly:  has decided to “not now proceed with the introduction of the permanent diaconate at this time in the diocese”.   Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Catholic Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly has delayed the introduction of a male-only permanent diaconate following strong protests. In a pastoral (...)

Bishop-elect Kevin Doran said: ‘I must confess to being a little surprised to find myself here this morning’. Photograph: Eric Luke

A Dublin priest has been appointed Bishop of Elphin in the midlands and west of Ireland. Kevin Doran, 61, was named by Pope Francis to succeed retired(...)