Laura Quinn looks on as her mobile home is removed from the halting site at Woodland Park, Dundalk. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Residents of a Dundalk halting site watched on Wednesday as the last caravans were removed from the site on foot of a Louth County Council deadline. (...)

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

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(...)

A covering letter with the letter of complaint complained about the “dissident priest” [Fr Tony Flannery, pictured] being let loose on Killeagh-Inch parish, according to Fr Timothy Hazelwood. File photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

The chain of events that led to the banning of Fr Tony Flannery from speaking at an event in the Cloyne diocese last September began when a self-appoi(...)

 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(...)

Independent Senator  Fidelma Healy Eames  at a press conference organised by the No side in the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Campaigners for a No vote in Friday’s marriage referendum say they are open to having another vote to provide constitutional protection for same-sex c(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: Iona Institute director David Quinn said he raised ‘a very important point. The Government plans to protect the right of churches not to celebrate same-sex marriages, but this protection will appear only in legislation, not in the Constitution.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Iona Institute has commended the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin for raising concerns about what it describes as implications for th(...)

Canvassing for a No vote in the Same-sex Marriage Referendum were  Moira Morrissey (left) and Eileen Barry  in Ballycahill, Tipperary.  Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

There has not been a single viewing of a No bus crisscrossing the country. You don’t see any No or “Níl” badges adorning lapels, or swathes of enthusi(...)

Fergus Finlay: “If I described Ronan Mullen as a Government expert because 100 per cent of his income comes from the taxpayer, apart from his political contributions, he would be outraged.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Tactics employed by the No side in the same sex marriage referendum campaign have been described as “cynical”, “dishonest”, and as exploiting a “polit(...)

John Waters: says the same-sex marriage amendment would dilute concepts of a special procreative link between parents and children. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Won’t somebody please think of the children? As the marriage-equality referendum draws closer the anguished refrain of Helen Lovejoy, the minister’(...)