Minister for Health Leo Varadkar believes there is scope for toughening up existing legislation so doctors could be held criminally liable for their actions. Photograph: PA

Rogue doctors who repeatedly cause harm to patients could be prosecuted for criminal negligence under new laws mooted by Minister for Health Leo Varad(...)

“For those who do not want faith education for their children, it is appropriate that non-faith schools be provided. It is faith that makes Catholic schools Catholic and what makes Catholic education different,” said Archdiocese of Tuam Archbishop Michael Neary.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Parents must ensure the religious ethos of Catholic schools is not abandoned, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Tuam Dr Michael Neary has sai(...)

Archbishop of Tuam   Michael Neary: “None of us should entrust the decisions of our conscience to another on issues like this which are, literally, matters of life and death,” he wrote in a letter  to Enda Kenny at height of the controversy over the Government’s abortion legislation. Photograph: Frank Miller

  An archbishop contacted the Taoiseach at the height of the controversy over the Government’s abortion legislation, saying he hoped Enda (...)

 Cardinal Timothy Dolan with the papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, and Bishop of Meath Michael Smith. Photograph:  John Mc Elroy

The Catholic Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, performed the official opening of this year’s national novena at Knock, in Co Mayo, yeste(...)

Pilgrims at the summit of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, on Sunday. The annual climb takes place every year on the last Sunday in July. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When high winds whisked the glass oratory off the tiny church on Croagh Patrick’s summit, John Cummins knew the mountain was in trouble. Cummins, who (...)

Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary said that the referendum is asking to people to not only redefine marriage, but to redefine the family. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

A number of senior members of the Irish clergy called for a No vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum during masses held at the weekend.Spe(...)

A file image of pilgrims on Croagh Patrick at sunrise. Photograph: The Irish Times

Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has warned against double standards when it comes to respect for religions other than Christianity about which, he s(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said that “if a public or state inquiry is not established into outstanding issues of concern surrounding the mother-and-baby homes, then it is important that a social history project be undertaken to get an accurate picture of these homes in our country’s history”. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Tuam mother-and-baby home scandal has led to a call for “an urgent inquiry, including a Garda investigation, into the circumstances surrounding th(...)

Sharon McEneaney: the HSE’s report into her death in 2009 acknowledged that the hospital had “completely failed her”.

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital has been at the centre of a series of medical controversies during the past decade, of which the HSE’s apology for the su(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: I object to anything that would unjustly tarnish all good priests with the unpardonable actions. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin warned against the corrosive effects of cynicism and criticised a cartoon in this newspaper (...)