Fr Paul Connell, president of the Joint Managerial Body and the Association of Management of Catholic Secondary Schools: he said Catholic schools have been playing a vital role in helping young people grow in faith. Photograph: Sally MacMonagle

Dismantling the Catholic ethos of schools would leave children in a moral vacuum and in danger of despair, the president of a school managers’ body ha(...)

E-cigarettes are beneficial in encouraging smokers to quit, a report by Britain’s Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has said. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

E-cigarettes are likely to bring benefits for public health and should be widely promoted to smokers to help them quit tobacco, Britain’s Royal Colleg(...)

 Accident and emergency department junior doctor Lisa Wallberg draws on the pavement outside King’s College Hospital  in London, England. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Junior doctors across England have kept up pressure on the British government as their all-out strike over a new contract continues for a second day. (...)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) and his wife Mary Pat (R) listen as Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during Trump’s five state primary night event in New York City on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

Donald Trump declared himself “the presumptive nominee” to stand as the Republican candidate in November’s presidential election after a clean sweep o(...)

Tributes outside Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium on the day fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, concluded with a verdict of unlawful killing. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images.

Fathers and sons, mothers, sisters and brothers were all among the 96 who had their lives crushed in the Hillsborough tragedy. The youngest was Jon-P(...)

Rosemary Fearsaor-Hughes and her guide dog Quilla were placed in John’s Lane West hostel in Dublin a month ago after being attacked on the streets. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Almost 150 former rough sleepers face a return to sleeping on the streets as two Dublin hostels close in the next fortnight. The 42-bed John’s Lane W(...)

Harlequins’ Joe Marler: was reported after appearing to kick Grenoble hooker Arnaud Heguy while he was on the ground. Photograph: Inpho

England prop Joe Marler has found himself in trouble again after being cited for foul play during Harlequins’ 30-6 defeat of Grenoble in the Europe(...)

Rory O’Flaherty (right), chairman Lough Lein Anglers presenting the Charity Cup to Noel Duane, winner of fly-fishing competition in Killarney

Stationed on the bridge overlooking the canal stretch alongside Ross Castle on Lough Lein in Killarney, Timothy O’Sullivan, “Timo” to his friends, be(...)

Montpellier’s Bismarck Du Plessis scores his side’s opening try against Newport Gwent Dragons in the European Challenge Cup semi-final at  Altrad Stadium, Montpellier, France. Photograph: Inpho

Montpellier 22 Newport Gwent Dragons 12 Montpellier set-up a deciding clash with Harlequins in the Challenge Cup final in Lyon next month after pow(...)

Travel buddy: Pets must comply with EU and other countries’ regulations by having a Pet Passport and being microchipped. Photograph: Thinkstock

Many people worry about their dogs and cats when on holiday, and miss them when they are away, so it won’t come as a surprise to hear that more and m(...)