Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin. Photograph: David Sleator

The State should go out of its way to support the family, in particular the faithful and exclusive union between a married man and a woman and their (...)

The European Parliament has voted in favour of a human rights report part of which “condemns” surrogacy practices. Legislation on surrogacy in Irela(...)

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has upheld a number of complaints against the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 in which the issue of abortion was discussed. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has upheld a number of complaints against the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 in which the issue of abortio(...)

Catholic bishops have warned the Minister for Education that it is not her role to interfere with the ethos of faith schools.

Catholic bishops have warned the Minister for Education that it is not her role to interfere with the ethos of faith schools. The move follows a pled(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘I think some of the, what I would call, educational establishment in the Catholic Church are dragging their feet.’   Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

At DCU in September 2006 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said “the fostering of plurality of educational patronage is something desirable and welcome in Ir(...)

Swearing in: Michael D Higgins during his inauguration at Dublin Castle in 2011, flanked by his predecessors Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Photograph: Maxwell

It was a Friday afternoon, two days before Michael D Higgins’s visit to France in February 2013. At Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin, and the Irish Em(...)

Same-sex marriage: the campaign knew that voters would warm to parents advocating equality for their own gay and lesbian children. Maureen Gowran appeared with her daughter Sandra Irwin-Gowran (right), of Yes Equality, and her partner, Marion Irwin-Gowran. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Noel Whelan’s first day in the Yes Equality office was March 24th this year, a Tuesday. He had volunteered to be a strategic adviser to the group, (...)

A prominent Catholic educator has criticised the new  Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and ethics programme for primary schools. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The proposed programme for religions and ethics in primary schools was designed to banish expressions of faith from the classroom, a prominent Catholi(...)

Court  told Saverio Bellante has admitted killing Thomas O’Gorman on January 2014.

Two consultant psychiatrists have told a murder trial jury that an Italian man who admitted killing his landlord in Castleknock last year fulfils t(...)

Luke Field from Cork and Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin at the count centre in Dublin for the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

A planned change to equality law will “raise the bar” so high that schools and hospitals will not be allowed to discriminate against staff or job a(...)