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 (...)

Bishop Éamonn Walsh: he suggested that the money saved might be donated to a hospices that  help people with addiction issues. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

People might give up alcohol for Lent, or cut down on their intake, Dublin’s Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Éamonn Walsh has suggested.“It makes good heal(...)

Archbishop Charles Brown runs into the prayer vigil  against the “display on the website of the Vatican-based Pontifical Council for Culture

Oh dear. On Valentine’s Day too. And as the film Fifty Shades of Grey, with its themes of domination, humiliation and bondage, took over the media. Wi(...)

Fr Peter McVerry  will speak at the colloquium at Castlecoote House in Co Roscommon. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A colloquium on the theme of Ethics in Crisis takes place at Castlecoote House, near Roscommon town, on Wednesday.Speakers at the colloquium will incl(...)

Dr Fatima Hamroush at the Institute of International and European Affairs. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Libya’s former health minister has called for the introduction of martial law in that country and the setting up of a coalition government. Speaking (...)

Archbishop Charles Brown: has overseen the appointment of 10 new bishops to Ireland’s 26 dioceses, with potentially five more to come this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

A quiet revolution has been taking place in the leadership of the Catholic Church in Ireland since Archbishop Charles Brown became papal nuncio thr(...)

Brendan Butler, We Are Church Ireland, Archdeacon Gordon Linney, and Canon Mark Gardner, at the launch of Faith in Marriage Equality, outside the Civil Registry Office, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The retired Church of Ireland Archdeacon of Dublin Gordon Linney has called for a yes vote in the marriage equality referendum. “Personally, I think (...)

In a word

You may recall how, on his visit to Stratford last April, President Michael D Higgins cleared up one Shakespearean mystery. He recalled how in Henry I(...)

Fr Des Hillary: Worked with Columban missionaries in Lima, Peru. He remained there until 2012 when he returned to Killalow diocese as as parish priest of Nenagh

The parish priest of Nenagh Co Tipperary, Fr Des Hillary, has been appointed administrator of Killaloe diocese following the installation of its forme(...)