System of denominationally controlled education in Ireland is ‘fundamentally unjust’

Many immigrants feel pressured to allow their children to be taught in Catholic schools to ensure that they later successfully apply to become Irish c(...)

 Prof Louise Richardson posing for a photograph at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. File photograph: Alan Richardson/AFP/Getty Images

The University of Oxford is to appoint its first woman vice-chancellor since its records began nearly 800 years ago, after Prof Louise Richardson was (...)

 President Michael D Higgins  presents former US senator George Mitchell (left) with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad  at Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin,  in late 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former US senator and Northern Ireland peace negotiator George Mitchell has agreed to lead New York City’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, the world’s bigges(...)

Pádraig Pearse was very clear where he stood in this vision of events. He was the Christ-like figure.

All births are violent and accompanied by blood and great pain. Such too was the birth of the aspiring republic that is Ireland. Its life began with(...)

A file photo taken on February 2nd, 1972 shows mourners attending the funerals of the 13 “Bloody Sunday” victims, in Derry. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A former British soldier who was arrested on suspicion of murdering three civil rights demonstrators in Derry on Bloody Sunday has been released on ba(...)

The new CSO yearbook has revealed that the number of marriages is back to boom-time figures. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The number of people getting married in Ireland has returned to boom-time levels, but both men and women are waiting longer to tie the knot. If they h(...)

Fr Alan Hilliard: Is one of five chaplins at DIT and sees his role as less religious, more one of “accompanying students” while they are at the college. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Minister for Education has ordered an investigation into the way public funds are used to pay for third-level college chaplains, some of whom rece(...)

Postal workers form a guard of honour after the funeral Mass of Daniel McColgan, as his remains are carried from the church. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

A coroner has said he is “incredulous” after bullet casings evidence from a sectarian murder in Northern Ireland disappeared. Daniel McColgan (20), a(...)

 Activists march in the street during a rally in support of same-sex marriage in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Carol Cho/EPA

Australia’s government has all but destroyed legislation that would allow gay marriage by refusing to allow its MPs a free vote on the divisive issue.(...)

Court  told Saverio Bellante has admitted killing Thomas O’Gorman on January 2014.

Two consultant psychiatrists have told a murder trial jury that an Italian man who admitted killing his landlord in Castleknock last year fulfils t(...)