Taoiseach Enda Kenny launching census 2016: The CSO acknowledges that current format of the question should be reviewed and we are committed to examining it in advance of the next census, expected to be held in 2021.

Next Sunday every person in Ireland will be included on a census form. By participating in the census, every one of us is helping to shape our underst(...)

Census enumerator Ciaran Lynam in the Gardiner Street area of Dublin. Census 2016 takes place on April 24th and forms are being distributed now. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

According to the last Census in 2011 an overwhelming majority, 84% of the population, are declared to be ‘Roman Catholic’. This is in sharp contrast t(...)

Crowds celebrate the result of the Marriage Equality referendum in Dublin Castle last year.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish TimesPhotograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

There were 91 same sex marriages in the last six weeks of 2015 after they were legalised for the first time, figures from the Central Statistics Offic(...)

The Orange Order has claimed that Protestants in the Northern Ireland civil service are not being treated fairly compared with Catholics, citing double-standards in the acceptance of cultural practices. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Getty Images.

The Orange Order has claimed that Protestants in the Northern Ireland civil service are not being treated fairly compared with Catholics, citing doub(...)

Despite the considerable advances in modern communication techniques in recent years the attraction of church magazines remains strong, and those pro(...)

John Bruton: making representations to Minister for Justice and Garda Commissioner. Photograph: David Sleator

Religious leaders and a former taoiseach have called for access to religious services to be prioritised over 1916 centenary commemorations in Dublin o(...)

 Rhona Murray family historian geneologist with ancestry.ie – the world’s largest online family history resource. Photograph: Maxwells

Ten million historic Irish Catholic records dating from the Cromwellian era to the first World War, including baptismal, marriage and death records, w(...)

Church of Ireland  Archbishop of Dublin  Michael Jackson: “The geography and the tradition from which I come is one of dissent.” File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The following is the full text of a speech delivered by Michael Jackson, archbishop of Dublin, launching Dublin City University’s 1916 centenary progr(...)

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 (...)