Alliance for the Defence of the Family and Marriage asserts that voting for same-sex marriage “is like voting for Islamic State-style sharia law”. Photograph: Thinkstock

Claims that same-sex couples die younger, are more prone to cancer, depression and suicide, as well as being more likely to abuse and injure childre(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: Pope has “ability to see that truth and mercy are not mutually exclusive”.

Church leaders, or self-appointed church spokespeople, have been warned by the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin against using insensitive(...)

Seán McCann:  died suddenly but peacefully at his Dublin home

Journalist, author and rose lover Seán McCann has died suddenly but peacefully at his home in Dublin’s Deansgrange. He was believed to be in his late (...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson (second right) with (from left)  Dr Nicola Brady, research co-ordinator, Council For Justice and Peace;  Bishop Noel Treanor; Deirdre O’Rawe, regional director of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service NI; the DUP’s Paul Givan MLA and the DUP’s Jonathan Bell during a meeting on February 24th, 2015,  to discuss the Freedom of Conscience Amendment Bill. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye/PA Wire

The Catholic Church in Northern Ireland has met representatives of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Belfast to discuss legislation which will al(...)

 The Catholic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran has said: “Part of the challenge for us as a society, of course, is that we (and that includes many practising Catholics) have to a greater or lesser extent given up on the idea that sexual intercourse and an openness to procreation are essentially linked. That makes it more difficult to get our heads around why there might be any problem about changing the meaning of marriage.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Marriage originated within primitive societies and was not a concept started by any religion, a bishop has said. “Marriage is not an invention of Chri(...)

Pope Francis (above) has dismissed convicted abuser James Donaghy, a priest of Down and Connor diocese in Northern Ireland, from the clerical state. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Pope Francis has dismissed convicted abuser James Donaghy, a priest of Down and Connor diocese in Northern Ireland, from the clerical state “on his ow(...)

A screengrab from the Irish Catholic Bishop’s Conference website which issued an advising statement to priests on electoral material in churches this week. Photograph: catholicbishops.ie.

Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese has advised priests that, in the context of forthcoming referendums, churches are not appropriate places to distribute c(...)

Senator Ivana Backik, Senator David Norris, Bryan Lucey head of the newly formed King’s Inns’ Gay and Lesbian Straight Alliance, Patrick Treacy SC, and Dr. John Murray from the Iona Institute before the start of the Kings Inns marriage referendum debate. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Supporters of the yes side in May’s marriage equality referendum were warned against complacency at a debate in the King’s Inns in Dublin last night. (...)

Senator Ivana Bacik; Senator David Norris; Bryan Lucey, the head of the newly formed King’s Inns Gay, Lesbian, Straight Alliance; Patrick Treacy SC; and Dr John Murray from the Iona Institute meet before the start of the King’s Inns marriage referendum debate. Photograph: Alan Betson

In what has been deemed a first for Ireland’s oldest law school, a debate took place in King’s Inns in Dublin (founded 1541) on equality between gay a(...)

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There has been a broad welcome from interest groups for new measures announced yesterday aimed at sustaining small schools, particularly in isolated (...)