Maíria Cahill leaves Government Buildings following talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday. Afterwards, she repeated her claim that she had discussed her allegations of sexual abuse with Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams at a meeting with him. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin and its leader Gerry Adams have been left reeling by Maíria Cahill’s determination to challenge the republican movement about the way in (...)

It was clear that the organisation had an “obsessive concern with secrecy and the avoidance of scandal”, with protecting the organisation above all, a(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams:  he also employs the standard defence of the Catholic Church when confronted with its own past – that these “actions were of their time”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It was the US strategist Karl Rove who came up with a phrase: “When you are explaining you are losing.” Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams wrote a very l(...)

 Cardinals and bishops attend the Mass for the closing of Extraordinary Synod held by Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square  in the Vatican City. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Those who feel they’ve been consigned to the margins once again by a Catholic Church statement should put the brakes on their despair for the moment. (...)

Pope Francis waves to the faithful at the end of a Mass for the beatification of Pope Paul VI in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has formally closed the Synod on the Family with a special Mass on the steps of St Peter’s during which he also beatified Pope Paul VI. P(...)

 Pope Francis  leads the mass on the occasion of the end of the extraordinary synod of the family and the beatification of Paul VI in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

A gay and lesbian campaign group has described a new document on homosexuality published last night by the Vatican Synod of the Family is a missed opp(...)

Pope Francis arrives to open Vatican Synod on the Family, Vatican City, earlier this month. Wrapping up the Synod today, the Pope praised the work of the assembly despite clear differences of opinion within it. Photograph: EPA

The Vatican Synod on the Family wrapped up with a final document which appears to backtrack on the mid-Synod Relatio concerning homosexuals issued (...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said an overnight change of doctrine is you say that what was wrong is now right, that is “just not on the cards”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has warned against expectations of doctrinal change at the end of the three year long Synod process. Speaking in (...)

Pope Francis arrives in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican  on Wednesday for his weekly audience. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Yet another senior Catholic Church figure has this morning been openly critical of the “welcoming” language used in a Synod document earlier this week(...)

A Belfast woman who has said she was raped by a senior member of the IRA has claimed there were a “hugely significant” number of people who were sex(...)