The Most Rev Dr Buchanan, then archbishop of Dublin, at the opening of St Andrew’s School in Lucan, a school under the patronage of the Church of Ireland, in 1972. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Primary education is a sector where history has quite a lot to teach us. Repeatedly in the past, apparently idealistic intentions have been frustra(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin signing the Book of Codolence at the Pro- Cathedral following mass on Saturday  where he spoke of the attacks in Paris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The events in Paris are a “horrific example of what fundamentalism can do and what happens when religion is distorted for ideological reasons”, Archbi(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘I think some of the, what I would call, educational establishment in the Catholic Church are dragging their feet.’   Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

At DCU in September 2006 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said “the fostering of plurality of educational patronage is something desirable and welcome in Ir(...)

Prof John Coolahan: “I would have expected more where the Christian ethos is so strong.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Efforts to divest schools from religious ownership in the State have been very disappointing, especially as the process involves people of strong Chr(...)

Pope Francis leads a mass to mark the closure of the Synod on the Family in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The Vatican’s synod on the family has ended with the issuing of a document advocating “no change”, which was approved by more by than two-thirds of th(...)

Roopesh Panicker and Naja Natarajan with their daughter Eva Panicker who was unble to attend her local school. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Roopesh Panicker and his wife Najamol Kalangara say they considered leaving Ireland when their daughter Eva (4) could not get a place in a nearby Cath(...)

The scene of the the fire in a halting site in Carrickmines, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he has requested the flags at Government Buildings to fly at half mast on the days of the funerals of the ten people who die(...)

Prof Orla Hardiman said the health system was now completely demoralised. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The health system is now “utterly demoralised and completely broken”, Ireland’s first professor of neurology has said. Prof Orla Hardiman told (...)

 President Micheal D Higgins laying a wreath on behalf of the Irish people during the National Day of Commemoration at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland’s war dead and Defence Force personnel who died while serving on UN missions were remembered in a formal military and religious ceremony at th(...)

‘Fr Aidan McAleenan, a pastor in nearby St Columba’s parish, only 10 years a priest and a former J-1 student himself, never pretended it was easy.’ Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Almost from the moment the news broke about the Berkeley tragedy, a man with a soft Banbridge accent became the accidental voice of a broken Irish com(...)