Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Pope Francis attends a Mass for peace at Myeong-dong cathedral in Seoul, South Korea today. The five-day trip was the third trip abroad for the pope following Brazil and the Middle East. Photograph: Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea via Getty Images.

Pope Francis has called for peace and reconciliation on the divided Korean peninsula and sent a further message of goodwill to China, wrapping-up a f(...)

Pope Francis at the celebration of a Mass on the occasion of the closing of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi-myeon, South Korea, yesterday. The pontiff led the beatification ceremony of 124 Korean martyrs. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA.

In words that will resonate in several Asian countries, including China, North Korea and Vietnam, Pope Francis yesterday reached out to communist nat(...)

 Pope Francis  greets the crowd from the popemobile prior to a mass, in Seoul, South Koera this morning. He  is on an official visit to South Korea until  August 18th  to attend the Asia Youth Day in Daejeon. Photograph: Reuters

Pope Francis this morning celebrated a huge open-air Mass in the centre of Seoul, where he denounced the growing gap between the haves and have not(...)

Pope Francis attends a meeting with the bishops of Korea at the headquarters of the Korean Episcopal Conference yesterday in Seoul. Photograph: Getty Images

Pope Francis has warned Catholic Church leaders in South Korea against a lifestyle guided more by worldly criteria of success. Addressing the bishops (...)

 Pope Francis attends a meeting with the bishops of Korea at the headquarters of the Korean Episcopal Conference. Photograph: Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea via Getty Images

Pope Francis has advised Catholic church leaders in South Korea against “a lifestyle and mentality guided more by worldly criteria of success, and ind(...)

Pope Francis is seen on a large screen as he speaks during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Seven Irish Columban priests will be among 124 Catholic missionaries who will be beatified by Pope Francis next Saturday during his visit to South Kor(...)

Pope Francis meets Mark Vincent Healy in Rome last month. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano.

There ought to have been a sense of huge importance noted about Pope Francis’s first meeting with six survivors of clerical child sexual abuse in Rome(...)

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(...)

Members of the Lord Edward’s Own historical re-enactment group taking part on Saturday in Kilcoole’s heritage weekend marking the north Wicklow village’s role in the Irish Vonunteer gun running 100 years ago. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Themes of reconciliation, diversity and reflective consideration of Ireland’s chequered modern history dominated sentiment in the north Wicklow villag(...)