Trinity College Dublin has said it planned to commence an international recruitment campaign next month to fill assistant professorships in Children’s Literature, Medieval History, Global Politics, Midwifery and other areas. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The trade union representing university lecturers has criticised plans by Trinity College Dublin to fill 40 new academic posts through contracts outsi(...)

Chair of the Iona Institute board of directors Dr John Murray. Mr Murray has criticised a number of  high-profile Catholics calling for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The chair of the Iona Institute’s board of directors Dr John Murray has questioned whether those prominent Catholics who have called for a Yes vote in(...)

‘Throughout the debate however there has been a mistaken assumption that those who are motivated by religious belief do not support marriage equality, and that the only theological arguments that can be made are those that would deny the right to civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The forthcoming referendum in which Irish people will be asked to extend the civil right to marry to gay and lesbian couples has generated much debate(...)

A protest against Boko Haram, which caused outrage by abducting dozens of schoolgirls in Nigeria and threatening them with forced conversion to Islam

Education has always been a major battle ground for religions. For centuries, the Catholic Church used classrooms as a means of spreading the faith(...)

Angela Merkel at Trinity College yesterday, where she met and spoke to Philosophical Society members. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A softer side of Angela Merkel was in evidence yesterday as the German chancellor addressed 200 students in the debating hall at Trinity Colleg(...)

Vatican spokesman Fr  Federico Lombardi: “This is just nonsense . . . It is simply not a realistic possibility that Pope Francis will name women cardinals for the February consistory.” Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The Holy See yesterday dismissed as “nonsense” weekend Irish media reports that Pope Francis might nominate two Irish women as cardinals. Responding t(...)