Claire Raftery, a former Dubliner now living in San Francisco, stands during a special Mass for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Oakland, California. Photograph: Reuters

Family members of five of the six Irish students who died in the balcony collapse accident in Berkeley, California, want to bring their bodies back to(...)

The threat to end the role of Catholic priests in solemnising marriage if the same-sex referendum got through should be seen for what it was: a crude (...)

Commissions of investigations came into being in 2004 when an Act of the same name passed through the Dáil. Photograph: Getty Images

Commissions of investigations came into being in 2004 when an Act of the same name passed through the Dáil. Then minister for justice Michael McDowel(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, who conducted the ceremony at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth at which nine men were ordained deacons. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nine men were ordained deacons, the penultimate step before ordination to the Catholic priesthood, in Maynooth on Sunday. The ceremony was conducted b(...)

 ACP co-founder Fr Tony Flannery said “the day of doctrinaire Catholicism is over in this country. The people are no longer willing to listen to speeches and sermons on morality from the church.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Same-sex Marriage Referendum was “an unmitigated disaster” for the Catholic Church in Ireland, Fr Brendan Hoban, co-founder of the Association of (...)

President Michael D Higgins recalled that Archbishop Romero was known in El Salvador as “the bishop walks with the people”. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

President Michael D Higgins praised the Catholic bishops’ agency Trócaire for its human rights work in El Salvador and its fight for social justice t(...)

A man closes a window in the wall next to a mural of the late Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero in Panchimalco, on the outskirts of San Salvador. Photograph: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

The beatification of Archbishop Óscar Romero on Sunday in San Salvador, capital of El Salvador, will be marked at the Festival of Peoples’ Mass in Dub(...)

Fr Brendan Hoban, co-founder of the Association of Catholic Priests, said that “come Friday, there’s no middle ground between Yes and No. ‘Maybe’ isn’t on the ballot paper.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A prominent Catholic priest has called on people to take Church of Ireland advice when it comes to voting in the same sex referendum. Fr Brendan Hoban(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: a spokeswoman said it was not his policy “to tell others how to vote”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has declined to comment on the position of those Catholics who may vote Yes in Friday’s same-sex marr(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: Iona Institute director David Quinn said he raised ‘a very important point. The Government plans to protect the right of churches not to celebrate same-sex marriages, but this protection will appear only in legislation, not in the Constitution.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Iona Institute has commended the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin for raising concerns about what it describes as implications for th(...)