A supporter holds a sign reading ‘Thank You - You’re All Invited to the Wedding’ as he celebrates outside Dublin Castle following the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Dublin on May 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is of course correct. The Catholic Church does indeed need a reality check in the wake of the same-sex marriage referendum.(...)

Linda Cullen and Feargha Ní Bhroan with their twin 5-year-old children Tess and Rosa Cullen Byrne after voting in Monkstown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

  Orla Howard and Grainne Courtney  “It like Christmas Eve when I was a ten-year-old,” says Gráinne. “I couldn’t wait for nine o’(...)

 Brian Sheehan and Gráinne Healy from Yes Equality campaigning on Dublin’s Grafton Street with Vivian Sheehan from Windy Arbour. Photograph: Sharpix

In Yes campaign headquarters we took to calling them Bráinne. Such was the symmetry between Brian Sheehan and Gráinne Healy, the co-directors of Yes E(...)

Nativity scene in the Church of St Nicholas of Myra, Francis Street, Dublin. Fr Martin Dolan, the parish priest there,  has said he now feels accepted in Irish society following the Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times 3:18

Gay priest Fr Martin Dolan has said he now feels accepted in Irish society following the Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum. Fr Dolan, the p(...)

People react to results coming in from constituencies around Ireland indicating an overwhelming majority voting in favour of same-sex marriage. Photograph: EPA/Aidan Crawley

President Michael D Higgins has welcomed the high turnout for voting in this week’s referendums, and the “grace” with which campaigns on both sides we(...)

The post-mortem   carried out  by pathologist Dr Muna Sabah identified that there were therapeutic levels of anti-depressant, sedative and painkiller medications in Fr Declan Doyle body at the time of death. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Catholic priest who was found hanging had given no indication he intended to take his own life, an inquest has heard. Fr Declan Doyle (61) was found(...)

The mural by Irish artist Joe Caslin on the side of a building on Dublin’s South Great George’s Street. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Tens of thousands of Christian immigrants who have become Irish citizens are being mobilised across the Republic to vote down a historic move to legal(...)

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 (...)

Wounded   troops  during the Battle of Loos in France. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

As a young priest* Fr Francis Gleeson asked to be relieved of his duties following the terrible Battle of Loos in September 1915. Aged 31, “the sain(...)

 The Way of the Cross ceremony in  Phoenix Park led by the archbishop of Dublin Rev Diarmuid Martin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has called on the people of Dublin to stand up to men of violence in the city and demand an end to it.“We have to stand up (...)