Fr Kevin Reynolds meeting with parishioners after Mass after he was welcomed back to his ministry in Saint Cuan’s Church in Ahascragh in 2011. It was fortunate for him that DNA testing cleared his name. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

It is amazing that commentators are declaring that the publication of allegations against Pat Carey marks a new low in journalism. Does no one remembe(...)

Everyone in the abortion industry wants to paint Gosnell as a monster, but while he is a very strange and disturbed individual, in one respect he is identical to abortion advocates everywhere – his reasoning.

Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer wrote recently in this newspaper about the impact the trial of Dr Kermit Gosnell had on pro-choice journalists, who (...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny ...”Our Taoiseach has given us a vision for this State – the best small country in the world in which to do business.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Last week in The Irish Times Cliff Taylor asked an interesting question of President Michael D Higgins: “Surely it is positive that the economy is rec(...)

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass of the Synod on the Family. He announced a new Vatican office for Catholic laity and families. Slow, slow progress, but progress, nonetheless. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA.

Here are some things that did not get much attention from those who covered the recent Synod on the Family. As usual, all the focus was on the politic(...)

 The cuts in Traveller education were made because it was easy to do. The masses would not be taking to the streets to protest. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Years ago, my husband and I got lost one evening in an unfamiliar part of the country. We had driven past a graveyard and turned up a boreen, only to (...)

I am getting really tired of advocates of state-funded childcare who make claims along the lines that long-term studies show that every €1 invested in early quality care and education will deliver €7 in improved outcomes. Those studies were conducted on disadvantaged children

During his budget speech, the Minister for Public Expenditure said that investment in childcare has both social and economic returns. It allows people(...)

Sombreros: Banned at the University of East Anglia lest they cause offence. Getty

Two weeks ago the student union of the University of East Anglia banned a Tex-Mex restaurant called Pedro’s from distributing sombreros during fresher(...)

Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton: Like the four he chose to highlight, Francis defies easy categorisation.

There are clues to Pope Francis and what he values in the choices he made when he highlighted four Americans in his address to Congress: Abraham Linco(...)

“Children who went through Quebec’s child-care system were more likely to commit a crime, have poor health and experience lower levels of life satisfaction.”

Childcare is one of the biggest worries faced by parents working outside the home. They worry about the cost, they worry about the quality, and they w(...)

A demonstration outside the Dáil in 2013 ahead of a vote to introduce abortion in limited cases where the mother’s life is at risk. Photograph: PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images

We are being told that Irish women do not talk about having abortions. That’s not true. They don’t generally publish their experiences in newspapers, (...)