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 (...)

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said Progress towards a pluralist Ireland will only happen through dialogue and mutual respect. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Progress towards a pluralist Ireland can only happen through dialogue and mutual respect, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. (...)

Fr Francis Gleeson was chaplain to the Royal Munster Fusiliers as they faced battle on the Western Front and is depicted in the well-known painting The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois by Fortunino Matania

The diaries of a priest who was chaplain in the first World War are to go on public display for the first time on Friday as part of the Catholic Archd(...)

‘We  have small groups for students and kids. We’re convinced that weekly small groups in a parish is the way forward for the whole Catholic Church.’ Photograph: Getty Images

I have worked as a Catholic lay leader involved in renewal and reconciliation in Ireland for more than 41 years. Recently I’ve seen so many faithful C(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin pictured with members of ONE, IUNVA, and Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association  after a special mass to mark the 100th anniversary of  the outbreak of the first World War at Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The Irish men who died in the first World War should be remembered as having “fought with great courage in the defence of an ideal”, the Archbishop(...)

Ruairí Ó Ceallaigh: Former solicitor jailed for three years for theft and fraud from his family law firm. Pic: Courtpix

A struck off solicitor described as a “devout Christian” has been jailed for three years for stealing €2.8 million from former client accounts to fund(...)

Former solicitor Ruairí Ó Ceallaigh at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

A former solicitor described as a “devout Christian” stole €2.8 million from the accounts of seven clients of his family’s law firm and used the money(...)

Dozens of primary schools in the Archdiocese of Dublin could face closure within two years unless a funding crisis in the sector is addressed, an Oireachtas committee has heard.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Dozens of primary schools in the Archdiocese of Dublin could face closure within two years unless a funding crisis in the sector is addressed, an Oire(...)