Cardinals Lorenzo Baldisseri, left, and Christoph Schoenborn show a copy of ‘The Joy of Love’. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP Photo

Are these guys for real? The latest exhortation from the Vatican, Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love, shows that the Catholic Church is still obsessed w(...)

Pope Francis published his ‘Amoris Laetitia’ document last week. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia document published last week is “very traditional” and lacks “imagination and innovation”, former president of Ireland (...)

Minister for Heritage  Heather Humphreys picutred at a wreat laying ceremony on  Moore Street in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys was heckled by protesters during a ceremony at Moore Street in Dublin to commemorate the firing of the first s(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny chats to President Michael D Higgins at the Easter Sunday commemoration ceremony and parade from O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

The Easter Sunday centenary commemoration at the GPO was told the “short lives and big dreams” of the men, women and children of 1916 “extended the ho(...)

Former president Mary McAleese says new  report is ‘as essential and revealing as it is horrifying’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times / File photo

Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese has described the findings of a new report which reveals high rates of suicide and self-harm among gay teens(...)

Overall, the report finds school continues to be a very difficult place for many young LGBT people. Photograph: Getty Images

Gay and lesbian teens continue to experience alarmingly high levels of bullying at school and a high risk of suicide despite the passage of last year’(...)

Pronouncements in recent days by Pope Francis and the Irish Catholic bishops touching on election campaigns both in the US and here reflect a humbler (...)

 The president of the Methodist Church of Ireland said, in keeping with the sentiments of the 1916 Proclamation on cherishing all children of the nation equally, Irish people should be “restoring broken relationships and viewing the future inclusively”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The head of the Methodist Church in Ireland has urged that the Irish should be a “welcoming, hospitable, generous and tolerant people”. The president(...)

 President Michael D Higgins:  Central to what he describes as his “presidency of ideas” is a desire to challenge, to provoke, to question assumptions and orthodoxies. Photograph: Frank Miller

The role of president is rich in ambiguity. The Constitution lays down some things the holder of the office must do (appoint the taoiseach and governm(...)

Generation Selfie: Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Gerry Adams, Martina Anderson (front left) Lynn Boylan, Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Every election in Ireland over the past decade has been forecast as the first “digital election”. None has really lived up to the billing. Back in 2(...)