President Michael D Higgins and Helen Litton great-grandniece of Tom Clarke during a ceremony where the East Link bridge was renamed to Tom Clarke Bridge in Ringsend, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tom Clarke, first signatory of the 1916 Proclamation, stands in Irish history alongside O’Donovan Rossa, John Devoy, and Robert Emmet, President Micha(...)

Knock basilica: the mosaic depicts the 1879 apparition at Knock

The newly refurbished basilica at Knock, Co Mayo, has won the Interior Architectural Project of the Year 2016 at the Irish Design and Build Awards. T(...)

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 (...)

Pope Francis restated the church’s position that there are “absolutely no grounds” to equate gay unions to heterosexual marriage. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis has caused some surprise within the Catholic Church by hailing the women’s movement for doing God’s work in his long-awaited statement on(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and  Archbishop Eamon Martin in Dublin welcoming the publication of “Amoris Laetitia”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Catholic primate, Archbishop Eamon Martin, has said Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, published yesterday, is a warning again(...)

Pope Francis: Will reflect on much of what his bishops’ have had to say. Photograph: Getty Images

Friday is the day which many feel will define the papacy of Pope Francis. What he announces in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of(...)

Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican last month. Restoration to full ministry of priests disciplined by the Vatican will be discussed at a planned meeting between  Catholic bishops and the Association of Catholic Priests.  File photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Restoration to full ministry of priests disciplined by the Vatican will be one of the main topics to be discussed at a planned meeting between the Cat(...)

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has called a meeting over a proposal which would see the break-up of an 800 year old diocese. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A meeting has been called by the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough Michael Jackson to discuss proposed changes which would see it(...)

 The Remembrance Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Last week I was asked whether I was British. It wasn’t a question. It was an accusation, levelled at me during a discussion on 1916, which I said was (...)

Nicky Kelly, who was arrested in connection with the Sallins train robbery. a crime he had no part in. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The celebrated civil rights lawyer Paul O’Dwyer had done everything he could to persuade a desperately homesick Nicky Kelly, who had been sentenced to(...)