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(...)

A supporter holds a sign reading ‘Thank You - You’re All Invited to the Wedding’ as he celebrates outside Dublin Castle following the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Dublin on May 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is of course correct. The Catholic Church does indeed need a reality check in the wake of the same-sex marriage referendum.(...)

People react to results coming in from constituencies around Ireland indicating an overwhelming majority voting in favour of same-sex marriage. Photograph: EPA/Aidan Crawley

President Michael D Higgins has welcomed the high turnout for voting in this week’s referendums, and the “grace” with which campaigns on both sides we(...)

 Ursula Halligan:  ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this. I  can’t believe I’m telling everyone I’m 54.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nobody was thinking of the chickens yesterday. Waving their optimistic little wings from the corner. Begging to be counted. But universally shunned.Th(...)

Chair of the Iona Institute board of directors Dr John Murray. Mr Murray has criticised a number of  high-profile Catholics calling for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The chair of the Iona Institute’s board of directors Dr John Murray has questioned whether those prominent Catholics who have called for a Yes vote in(...)