Fr Brendan Hoban, co-founder of the Association of Catholic Priests, said that “come Friday, there’s no middle ground between Yes and No. ‘Maybe’ isn’t on the ballot paper.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A prominent Catholic priest has called on people to take Church of Ireland advice when it comes to voting in the same sex referendum. Fr Brendan Hoban(...)

Eileen King, Dr Tom Finegan and Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, speaking at a Mothers and Fathers Matter  press conference in Dublin. Ms Healy Eames said that the lack of female politicians in favour of a No vote in the same-sex marriage referendum was ‘political correctness gone mad’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 3:12

Independent Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has said the lack of female politicians coming out in favour of a No vote in the forthcoming same-sex marriage(...)

Una Davis her son Michael and his partner Georgina arrive at the funeral service of her husband  Derek Davis in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Grief has a way of making you feel very old and very young at the same time. So said Seán Davis at his father’s funeral in Dublin on Monday afternoon.(...)

Eileen King, Keith Mills and Dr Tom Finegan of Mothers and Fathers Matter at their press conference in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A claustrophic and oppressive atmosphere has been created around the same-sex marriage debate in which people are afraid to speak out in favour of the(...)

Walls Construction completed €50 million worth of private hospital work for the Mater and Blackrock in Dublin

PJ Walls has spun off its profitable building business from its indebted holding company in a €10 million-plus deal partially backed by some of its s(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha return to 10 Downing Street after Britain’s general election, in London. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

World bond and stock markets rose on Friday after a bruising week and sterling surged to a two-month high after the business-friendly Conservative par(...)

The Center for Reproductive Rights, an international legal advocacy group, is trying to fight the government’s actions in the courts.  Above, traditional cheese and corn buns called ‘chipas’ are pictured hanging at an altar decorated  in celebration of Kurusu Ara,  a Catholic festival that is combined with local Gurani culture and falls annually on May 3rd.  Photograph: Jorge Adorno/Reuters

Paraguayan authorities have ruled out abortion for a pregnant 10-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her stepfather, unless she develops complic(...)

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said a  bomb planted  in Belfast was designed to kill officers but could have murdered anyone in the vicinity. Photograph: Getty

A large bomb left in north Belfast on Friday could have inflicted carnage, senior police have said.The device was placed in the busy Ardoyne area, pro(...)

Cruises with an educational theme offer cultural, cookery and creative courses on board

Cruise for culture In the world of educational travel, what name could be more august than Smithsonian? The US institution founded for the “inc(...)

Earthquake survivor Krishna Kumari Khadka (24) is rescued by joint rescue team members from Norway, France and Israel. Photograph: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar 1:35

Sirens blaring, the ambulance revs into the courtyard of the Gorkha hospital from the nearby village of Panch Kuwa Durali, transporting a teenage boy (...)