Michael Barry: With such a litany of woes, why does one bother, you might ask? There is the pleasure of receiving in one’s hand, a new book, straight from the press: perfectly laid out, high quality, the illustrations perfectly printed. It is the joy of creating something worthwhile

Publishing. One could imagine a glamorous world: lingering lunches with authors and literary editors; long discussions with literary giants on stru(...)

 Dr Ian McNie: “Values associated with the beginning and ending of life, the family dynamic, freedom of conscience and the sanctity of marriage are all under threat.” Photograph: Jamie Trimble/Presbyterian Church/PA

The new Presbyterian moderator has said the church is facing ever-increasing intolerance. “Opinions are expressed and laws enacted that are at vari(...)

Outgoing Presbyterian moderator Michael Barry. He will be replaced by Rev Dr Ian McNie of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The number of Presbyterians in Ireland has dropped by almost 40 per cent in the past 40 years – and the decline is steady and ongoing, according to l(...)

The newly elected moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ireland Reverend Ian McNie said the church would have his full support if it elects a woman moderator within the next few years. Photograph: PA

The newly elected moderator designate of the Presbyterian church in Ireland has said he feels “sorry” for Stephen Fry after he described God as utterl(...)

Rev Ian McNie: Next Presbyterian moderator

Reverend Ian McNie, minister of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Ballymoney, Co Antrim, will be the next moderator for Ireland’s 240,000 Presbyterians. (...)

Michael Collins features prominently in Michael Barry’s collection of photographs depicting the history of the Irish Civil War

History was my favourite subject in school. I loved the history books and most of all the photographs that graced them. For me these images were proof(...)

Archibishop of  Armagh Eamon Martin: worried about growing persecution of Christians worldwide.

The growth in the persecution of Christians and others worldwide is a focus of the joint Christmas message from both Primates of All-Ireland. Catholi(...)

One-quarter of new medicines introduced into the Irish market are rejected for re-imbursement under the State-funded drug schemes, a conference has heard. Image: Getty.

One-quarter of new medicines introduced into the Irish market are rejected for reimbursement under the State-funded drug schemes, a conference has hea(...)

The Air Corps fly past the Millennium Spire during the 1916 Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony at the GPO in Dublin  last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Spire opposite the GPO on Dublin’s O’Connell Street should be renamed An Claidheamh Soluis (The Sword of Light) in honour of the leaders of the Ea(...)

Tributes have been to Seán Brady following his resignation as Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Primate of All Ireland Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The IrishTimes

Many tributes have been paid to Cardinal Seán Brady whose resignation as Catholic primate and Archbishop of Armagh has been accepted by Pope Francis, (...)