Pope Francis at the end of  his visit to South America earlier this month. Photograph:  EPA/Andres C Benitez

Pope Francis doesn’t really take holidays. Apparently he never has, not even in childhood. Austen Ivereigh, in his book The Great Reformer, describes (...)

Anti-abortion campaigners protesting in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

As she spears another bite of salad, Dr Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, says: “I’d say a lot of people wan(...)

The Scandinavian childcare system has evolved “because of a cultural consensus that simply does not exist in Ireland.”

Tánaiste Joan Burton is under pressure because of her cuts to the one-parent family payment, not least because she promised not to introduce them unti(...)

Pope Francis –   insists on the importance of recognising difference: “Learning to accept our body, to care for it and to respect its fullest meaning, is an essential element of any genuine human ecology.”  Photograph: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Last week the Green Party hosted an event discussing socially responsible and community-based business models but also emphasised that there would be (...)

Anti-abortion protesters outside the Dáil  as the amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill were being voted on in 2013. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Some types of equality are more equal than others. The Marriage Referendum was scarcely over before Amnesty International began immediately campaignin(...)

‘Communities come into their own, like schools, which continue to have deep significance long after pupils have left them behind, and parishes, which open their doors to create a safe space to gather.’  Above, flowers have been laid beside a memorial service in UCD, Dublin for the six students who died in the balcony collapse tragedy in Berkeley, California. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Even for those of us who did not know and love those lost in Berkeley, their photos are poignant and heartbreaking. The faces of Niccolai Schuster, Eo(...)

‘Modern sexual mores are naive in a different way. The assumption is that sex can be just another recreational activity without any downside, so long as consent is present.’ Photograph: Getty Images

As the last exams of the Leaving Cert approach, parents begin to worry instead about the infamous sixth year holiday. It can be no comfort to read hea(...)

 ‘Robert  Putnam believes that the “neo-traditional model” of family, that is, stable, durable marriages of biological parents, where both parents are likely to work but also invest significant time into parenting, leads to a range of positive outcomes for children.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fintan O’Toole’s impassioned appeal for a broad coalition to end child poverty (Opinion, May 26th) is more than worthy of support. It is shameful that(...)

 A No campaign poster  in Dublin: “This  same Government presided over the disintegration of mental health services – everything from removing guidance counsellors from school, often the first to pick up serious problems – to decimating the psychiatric services.” The hypocrisy is stunning.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Seven hundred and thirty-four thousand, three hundred people did not vote No to love and equality. They are just as generous and inclusive as their ne(...)

‘Catherine  Deneuve says that in the 1960s, “high-heeled shoes were for women of ill repute. They were reserved for those who were obliged by their profession to live up to a caricature. Do women today really want to make caricatures of themselves?” Yes, apparently.’ Above, Deneuve with and actor Benoit Magimel pose as they arrive for the screening of the film “Standing Tall” (Tête Haute) during the opening ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images

Valerie Richter, a film producer who has had part of her left foot amputated, was stopped four times at the Cannes Film Festival and challenged becaus(...)