Census 2016: The recent social media campaign which urged people to tick ‘No religion’, failed to understand that views on religion are not black and white.  Picture Nick Bradshaw

‘It’s complicated’ is a Facebook relationship status, denoting anything from a relationship on the rocks to one that doesn’t fit standard parameters, (...)

The Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin   visiting  St James primary school in 2014.   Pic John Mc Elroy.

Faith schools exist because there are parents who wish to have their children educated in accordance with their religious convictions. Catholic primar(...)

Valerie Cummins and Michael McDonagh from Crosscare with Tánaiste  Joan Burton. Photograph: Alan Betson

A new central food bank, to meet “growing demand for food assistance”, has opened in Dublin. The Dublin Food Bank, operated by Crosscare, the socia(...)

The Crosscare report says “at least 80” non-nationals Crosscare had dealt with who should have been assisted by the CPS were instead referred on to the New Communities Unit (NCU) run by the Department of Social Protection.   File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Discrimination against homeless non-nationals by homeless services in Dublin has been alleged in an unpublished report. The report, written by Crossc(...)

A Crosscare report says the central placement service, which allocates emergency accommodation on behalf of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, has for “questionable reasons” been turning away migrants who have a right to housing support here. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Questions about immigrants’ and returned Irish emigrants’ rights to housing are highlighted in an unpublished report obtained by The Irish Times. The (...)

Bill Carney was on remand awaiting trial in relation to 34 historical sexual assaults.

A former priest regarded as one of the most notorious cleric child sex abusers of his generation, William Carney, has died in prison. Fr Bill Carney, (...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A review of an Archdiocese of Dublin fundraising initiative has begun, a spokesman has confirmed. The archdiocese is undertaking a review of its (...)

Commissions of investigations came into being in 2004 when an Act of the same name passed through the Dáil. Photograph: Getty Images

Commissions of investigations came into being in 2004 when an Act of the same name passed through the Dáil. Then minister for justice Michael McDowel(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said: “The failure of any single Church organisation to implement the common norms casts a shadow over the credibility of the entire safeguarding efforts of the Catholic Church.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It was “appalling” that some major religious congregations had delayed in fully implementing the Irish Catholic Church’s child protection guidelines a(...)

‘The audits show that there has been a vast improvement in the manner of dealing with cases and of reporting to the Gardaí and the Children’s Agency Tusla. But the improvement was often from a low starting base.’ Above,  Gordon Jeyes, Chief Executive, Tusla, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and Norah Gibbons, Chairperson Tusla, at the official launch of the Child and Family Agency Tusla, in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The fifth anniversary of the publication of the Murphy Report on the management, by both Church and State organisations, of allegations of the sexual (...)