Fr Joseph Mullen at the baptismal font  in the Church of Three Patrons in Rathgar, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Catholic baptisms remain highly popular among parents at a time of declining mass attendance, latest figures show. The numbers have prompt(...)

If loyalists had indeed been state forces, death squads organised by the government, then it was strange behaviour for the same government’s regular forces and the police to pursue them and have them imprisoned. Photograph: Paul faith/PA.

The further we move on from the Troubles in Northern Ireland the more divergent accounts of that period become. Currently US diplomat Dr Richard Haass(...)