Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ball handling skills let him down during a nailbiting showdown in a local golf club. Photograph: Alan Betson

The two Michaels have been working very hard on our behalf in China this week. With a combined age of 144, the President and the Minister for F(...)

Brian Sheehan of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network: hopes  synod’s final document “would reflect the reality” of gay people’s experience of tolerance on the part of most people in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Confusion is the word that most accurately describes the reaction of many in Ireland to the latest English language revision regarding gay people i(...)

Provisional document “does not summarise the opinions of a lot of the participants at the synod”, says director of the Iona Institute. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The discussion document produced by the synod on family issues in the Vatican was not reflective of all the opinions expressed at the gathering of bi(...)

Minister for Education  Jan O’Sullivan part of that work would be to examine how to make all schools more inclusive. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A drive by the Department of Education to divest schools to new patrons was creating “segregation” on on religious and even racial grounds, it was cla(...)

An Iraqi Christian boy leans his head against a chair in a tent he shares with his family, after being forced along with many other Christians to flee their homes. Europe’s Catholic bishops have appealed to the UN security council to call on the international community to take action to protect Christian and other religious minorities in Iraq. Photograph: Ahmed Jalil/EPA

Europe’s Catholic bishops have appealed to the UN security council to call on the international community to take action to protect Christian and othe(...)

Breda O’Brien of the Iona Institute said the report appeared to strike the right balance between making denominational schools more genuinely inclusive while also respecting the ethos and identity of those schools. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Catholic Bishops council for education says it hopes to see guidelines published later this year on how its schools can be as inclusive as possibl(...)

  The Pride Parade in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland’s gay community needs to focus on “the freedoms that we still have to secure”, the grand marshal of Saturday’s Dublin Pride parade said. Colm(...)

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland received  four  complaints from viewers over the broadcasting of an apology by presenter Brendan O’Connor arising out of an interview with drag queen artist Rory O’Neill, aka Panti Bliss.

The broadcasting watchdog has upheld RTÉ’s right to apologise to the Iona Institute and John Waters over an allegation of homophobia which surfaced on(...)

RTÉ director-general Noel Curran, pictured in the RTÉ Digital area of its Montrose base in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/THE IRISH TIMES

RTÉ has called for a relaxation of Ireland’s “restrictive” defamation law. Director-general Noel Curran said the broadcaster was bound by “strict a(...)

‘Gay”, “faggot” and “queer” are regularly used as terms of abuse in schools. Is this about to change, and will it really make a difference to y(...)