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 (...)

The Lourdes Hospital Inquiry: Report of Judge Maureen Harding Clark published in 2006 noted “If it were in the power of the Inquiry to make an award of bravery to any person it would be to the midwife who we shall call Ann who made the first complaint to the North Eastern Health Board (NEHB) solicitor.” Photograph: Eric Luke

After weeks of dithering and obfuscation, the fixed penalty points Garda whistle-blowers got their well-deserved apology. The mismanagement of (...)

 Cardinal Bernard Law.

The former Cardinal Archbishop of Boston Bernard Law, who resigned from the post in 2002 amid allegations of cover-up in the handling of cleric(...)

Aidan Gillen: his character needs to both match and confound Haughey’s public persona. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

So Aidan Gillen is to play Charles Haughey in a three-part dramatisation of his political life. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is to be PJ Mara. Laurence Kinlan i(...)

The other investigation with similarities was into the death of Tania McCabe in 2007 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital  (above) in Drogheda, after delivering twins – one of whom also died.

Yesterday’s report into the circumstances of Savita Halappanavar’s death, has, not unexpectedly, added little in the way of fresh information that had(...)

Dominick Geraghty, Carnaross, Kells, Co Meath,with his dog Edward on his way down the mountain during his pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Benedict Donnelly wore short pants, a shirt and a tie when he first climbed the Reek as a small boy, and his best Sunday shoes were almost worn throug(...)

Daniel O’Connell, Banaher, Co. Offally takes a break on his way down the mountain during his pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Three pilgrims have been taken to hospital suffering from injuries and suspected heart attacks sustained on the annual pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick(...)