President Michael D Higgins said he had “heard and read with anxiety of the distress that is being experienced by some of those who are giving their all to serve the State”. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Supreme commander of Defence Forces is clearly troubled by Government handling of pay issue

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed expressed disappointment at the failure of both sides to meet. Photograph: Tom Honan

‘The only way to resolve these significant challenges for the sector is by negotiation’

Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin with anti-abortion activists on a rally during the divisive abortion campaign. File Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Archbishop says no right to confuse personal opinion with well-formed Christian conscience

Fr Brendan Hoban: ‘For the Irish Catholic Church, the tectonic plates really have shifted.’ Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

‘Once we mattered too much, now we’ve moved beyond antipathy into apathy’

The Catholic Archbishop of Tuam said Athlone woman Marion Carroll ‘was healed here at Our Lady’s Shrine’ during a visit in September 1989. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘She had not been able to walk or see, but now she could walk and even read a book’

Br Tony Dolan, minister general of the Franciscan Brothers, who has been awarded an honorary doctorate by UCD.

Br Tony Dolan works in agricultural education in Ireland, Kenya and Uganda

The late Fr Tony Coote helped raise almost €700,000 for Motor Neurone Disease research before he died. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Motor neuron disease sufferer helped raise almost €700,000 in walk from Donegal to Cork

Fr Tony Coote’s coffin is carried out of the Church of St Thérèse, Mount Merrion, Stillorgan, Co Dublin, at his funeral Mass. Photograph: Tom Honan

Brother tells congregation motor neurone disease campaigner ‘left on his own terms’

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Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson, speaking at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Michael Jackson expresses Church of Ireland’s solidarity with victims in letter to imams

Fr Tony Coote pictured in July 2018. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

‘When the train stops I will step onto that platform with hope and no fear’

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who is due to retire next April aged 75, said  he does not know who his successor will be, but that  Archbishop’s House in Drumcondra will be sold in the future.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Diarmuid Martin calls for radical reform of St Patrick’s College, of which he is a trustee

He was responding to a letter from Senator Neale Richmond about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Exposes them to accusations they are legacies of or agents for western intervention

Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond has called for the introduction of a blue card system in sport. File photograph: iStock

Referees would administer blue card if player suspected to have concussion

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘He’s now spinning it as if I’m the one holding it up. If you look up his speeches, it’s me – I’m the only one ever mentioned.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Archbishop of Dublin says he originally advised forcing schools to provide for autism

It would appear the first European was also Irish.

In a word. . . My mother doesn’t remember much but she still knows all of us. Her children. Her troubles.

Nicaragua solidarity: Fionnuala Rogerson and Betty Purcell (top row); and Molly O’Duffy and Robin Hanan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish supporters of Nicaragua’s Sandinista revolution assess its legacy, 40 years on

Former president Mary McAleese  will take part in a public conversation with renowned American Benedictine nun Sr Joan Chittister at Trinity College Dublin in November. File photograph: Naoise Culhane

Award recognises ground-breaking 2018 doctoral thesis on children and canon law

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran has asked if we have lost sight of the fact that many of our own people have been and still are strangers and sojourners’ in foreign lands. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

System is ‘designed and operated in such a way it prevents people from integrating’

Saintfield Road Presbyterian Church in Belfast took two years to be repaired after suffering two arson attacks in July 2016.

Calls for politicians to set up fund for protection of churches, mosques and synagogues

Pope Francis lights a candle at the Knock Shrine in Co Mayo last year. It is 140 years today since 15 local people said they  saw an apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist, and a lamb in the village. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/AFP/Getty Images.

Co Mayo site is one of few Marian shrines worldwide to be visited by two popes

With the retirement of three priests there this year, eight of the 53 parishes in Kerry are now without a resident priest. Photograph: iStock

Comments come after Co Kerry parish left without resident priest for the first time

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Former Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady  turns 80 today. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Seán Brady hits milestone with Eamon or Diarmaid Martin most likely to be next Irish clerics to receive ‘red hat’

Catholic Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown spoke to Vatican Radio. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown calls for awareness in London of North's issues

It would appear the first European was also Irish.
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Pictured at the Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s  annual Hiroshima Day commemoration at Merrion Square, Dublin were anti-war protesters and retired US servicemen Tarak Kauff and  Ken Mayers. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Dublin commemoration hears criticism of US president’s ‘passive encouragement of violence’

Pope Francis has spoken of the pain suffered by innocent priests due to the Catholic Church’s ongoing clerical child sexual abuse crisis. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA.

‘They have to face the damage that was done, the suspicion and uncertainty to which it has given rise’

Mary Hewson, Dundrum, at St Theresea’s Church in Clarendon St, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

Going to religious services can make older people happier, study shows

A majority of the over 50s reported religion as important to them. Photograph: iStock

Religious attendance linked to positive effect of bigger social network

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Fred Deane, caretaker at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A unique institution continues to accommodate those people of divergent political views

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“In our part of the world, it was really July 21st, 1969, when Neil Armstrong took that “one small step”, in inglorious black and white.”

Man walked on the moon and Mayo drew with Galway on this day 50 years ago

The remains of Karl Shiels are carried from church followed by his partner, Laura Honan.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Actor Karl Shiels, who died on Monday aged 47, played shady Robbie Quinn in the soap

Canon Robert Marsden

Robert Marsden Canon served at the Battle of Arnhem and with the Desert Rats

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. . . Dog

The first visitor to St Michan’s Church Crypt which reopened to the public following vandalism. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Man stole 800-year-old head of crusader and skull from vaults under church

Tánaiste  Simon Coveney: ‘We can’t allow, in a no-deal scenario for example, for Northern Ireland effectively to become a backdoor that’s unguarded into the European Union single market and customs union’. Photograph: Julien Behal

No preparations to be made for structures at Border in event of no-deal Brexit

 Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe said there would be ‘huge challenges’ with staffing in the Naval Service throughout the year. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Defence Forces insists two ships docked due to lack of staff while Minister cites maintenance

Beatrice Worton’s son Kenneth was among those killed in a sectarian massacre of 10 protestant workmen in 1976 near the Co Armagh village of Kingsmill. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bea Worton’s son Kenneth one of 10 Protestant workmen shot dead in 1976

A file image of the LE Eithne: a letter sent by Cmdr Mick Malone to all Naval Service personnel claimed it and LE Orla would remain tied up until crew numbers improved. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

‘The navy has been short staffed for quite some time. It’s a feature across the economy’

Benzodiazepine use by women over 65 in Ireland was 40% higher than for men. Photograph: iStock

Healthcare quality report finds MMR uptake 3% short of target; hospital antibiotic use increases

 Orangmen participate in the annual 12th July Parade in Rossnowlagh Co. Donegal. Photograph: Bryan O Brien

‘One of the most beautiful locations for an Orange parade anywhere in the world’

Labour MP Stella Creasy is to table an amendment to the NI (Executive Formation) Bill seeking to extend access to abortion to Northern Ireland. File photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Labour MP to table amendment to extend access to abortion to Northern Ireland

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘A choice of schools may not be possible or practicable in all areas.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Any new relationship would mean divestment of some religious schools, says Taoiseach

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin speaking to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Thursday in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Sam Boal /

‘I have offended a lot of people...I do apologise and I am going to withdraw the remarks’

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has criticised what he has described as a lack of progress on developing the Taoiseach’s proposed new covenant. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Religious control of schools likely to dominate discussions

Former Green Party leader Rev  Trevor Sargent: We have created “a market for long-distance commuter housing” with “unhealthy consequences”.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Rev Trevor Sargent emphasises social justice, human rights and humility at Dublin forum

Archbishop Eamon Martin will be joined by  Carol Nolan TD and Trevor Hayes, consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny, at the anti-abortion rally. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

‘No law, no legislation can make it right to take the life of a child’

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. . . Time

Bishop Raymond Field in 2011 at  the Capuchin Day Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Took part in first successful Irish expedition to Everest in 1993

Fr Dominic Valanmahal. Photograph via Facebook

Archbishop of Dublin says priest’s invitation to visit Ireland in October should be withdrawn

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The state of disrepair to the cathedral roof. ‘Refurbishing it will require 12,777 new slates at an average cost of €250 each,’ says Dean Morton. Photograph: St Patrick’s Cathedral

Dean says to walk through the building ‘is really to take a stroll through Irish history’

The funeral hearse  of Phillomena Lynott passes the seafront in Sutton, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

‘Phyllis was not only beautiful on the outside she was also a beautiful soul’, recalls brother

It would appear the first European was also Irish.

Patsy McGarry: Bloomsday should be a national holiday

A commemorative play garden  opened at St Audeon’s Park in Dublin on Thursday by Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe, pictured at the fountain with pupils from St Audeon’s and St Francis national schools. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘It’s taken 103 years to get their names together in a single site’ – broadcaster Joe Duffy

Bishop Dermot Farrell has said  ‘inappropriate language and sentiments’ were used during a homily at the Capuchin Friary in Kilkenny last weekend. Photograph: Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Fr Tom Forde also said ‘the only way to deal with zombies is to shoot them’ during address

‘Catholic schools encourage excellence in relationship and sexuality education, and in all learning, while promoting human flourishing in line with authentic Gospel values,’ the bishops say. File photograph: Thinkstock

Faith-based education to be discussed at meeting between churches and Government in July

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

‘Judging my morality is probably above your pay grade,’ Simon Harris tells parish priest

Funeral, ceremony of burying a dead person. From the Latin funus. Photograph: iStock

Dorothy Parker, when US president Calvin Coolidge died, asked, ‘How can they tell?’

The chapel in  Dublin’s Ilac Shopping Centre has been closed. Management and the Catholic archdiocese seem to be at odds over who made the decision. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish  Times.

Catholic archdiocese and centre’s management cite each other as responsible for move

Fr Dominic Valanmahal. Photograph via Facebook

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin tells church to withdraw offer to Fr Dominic Valanmahal

Poet Patrick Kavanagh, who died in 1967.

Death certificates from 1878 to 1968 also accessible for free on new website

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin says he does not want any more ‘show funerals’ in Dublin for those linked to gangland crime. Photograph: The Irish Times/Dara Mac Dónaill

Martin says those who ‘traffic in evil’ will no longer be able to exploit religious services

 The Rev Dr  William Henry: he will be one of the youngest ever moderators of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Photograph:   Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

Rev Dr William Henry of Maze Presbyterian Church in Co Antrim to be installed as moderator of Presbyterian Church in Ireland

Bishop Tobin tweeted: LGBTQ “Pride Month” events “promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Bishop Thomas Tobin’s comments deemed ‘dispiriting’ by Minister and criticised widely

How it can bring us to places of such intense emotion is remarkable and miraculous

Carmel McDonnell Byrne at the Christine Buckley Centre for Education and Support offices in Dublin city centre ahead of her retirement on May 30th. Photograph: Laura Hutton/ The Irish Times

She and seven siblings put in institutions when mother abandoned their home in 1965

Carmel Winters, producer of the film Float Like a Butterfly, at the Traveller Pride Awards  in the Pillar Room at the Rotunda Hospital where she presented the Charleville Women’s group from Cork with the award for arts and culture. Photograph: James Forde

The Traveller Pride Awards are co-ordinated by the Irish Traveller Movement

The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report in Dublin in 2009. Photograph: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

Interview: On the 10th anniversary of the report’s publication, Ryan looks back

One of the things that stuck Mr Justice Seán Ryan’s  mind during the years when the commission heard evidence was the extraordinary number of people held in institutions over those decades in Ireland. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Ten years ago, Seán Ryan’s definitive report shed light on some of Ireland’s darkest secrets

Those at the launch heard that it was more than 25 years since the late Christine Buckley 'started what became a crusade that forced the truth out into the open'. File photograph: Charlie Collins

Tributes paid to those who endured and then campaigned in what became a ‘crusade for truth’

Church of Ireland Primate  Archbishop Richard Clarke  delivered the presidential address at the opening session of the Church of Ireland General Synod which began in Derry on Thursday morning. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Archbishop Richard Clarke says discourse ‘pointing back to that terrible decade of the 1930s’

Catholic pilgrims pray in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary near the Medjugorje church. Photograph: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Inquiry continues into claims of Virgin Mary appearances

Controversial US pastor Steven L Anderson thanked Ireland for banning him because he was getting lots of extra listeners.  Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Steven Anderson ‘not unhappy’ at Minister’s move as it has drawn attention to his views

Pope Francis is photographed  during a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters.

Priests’ group says it appears ‘men are more worthy than women’ in eye of offical church

Christine Buckley and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at a ceremony in The Aislinn Centre in March 2009. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘These people, their lives had been ruined’: Former taoiseach recalls his role in State response

The late Christine  Buckley with Bertie Ahern: She had “a very clear view about the importance of the State’s responsibility and the apology.” Photograph: Charlie Collins

‘The effect of apology I had underestimated. I did not think it would mean as much’

The congregations have yet to pay in full compensation deals reached in 2002 and 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson

About €250m of €1.5bn has been paid to survivors from agreements in 2002 and 2009

The hearse carrying the remains of Eugene McGee, led out by his daughter Linda on the trike he purchased for her, leaves St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford following his funeral mass on Thursday afternoon as the members of his 1982 winning team form a guard of honour. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Funeral held in Longford of manager whose team ended Kerry’s bid for five titles in a row

There was blood everywhere and he went roaring for our mother. Photograph: iStock

I tried and failed to kill my brother twice – once with a shoe, once with a hatchet

 Pope Francis  during the weekly general audience in St Peters Square, Vatican City. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Move is part of effort to hold Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect flocks

It would appear the first European was also Irish.

. . . anthropomorphism

Members of Saoradh after they marched in Dublin on the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Rising: The State must stop legitimising 1916 retrospectively. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Rite&Reason: Blasphemy of 1916 leaders hijacking the execution of Christ left unquestioned

 Archbishop Eamon Martin: he said the shrine to St Oliver Plunkett “will honour all the martyrs of yesterday, today and tomorrow”

Archbishop Eamon Martin to unveil shrine to his martyred predecessor as archbishop of Armagh, St Oliver Plunkett

Pastor Steven Anderson. Photograph:

Pastor banned from all 28 EU countries except Ireland set to speak here

Offaly manager Eugene McGee makes his way onto the Croke Park  pitch before the start of the 1982 All-Ireland SFC Final against Kerry. Photograph:   Ray McManus/Sportsfile

A ‘straight-talking man of great integrity’ he managed the Offaly side that halted the Kerry’s five-in-a-row

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

CofI’s Michael Jackson says public interest needs to give voice to things beyond number crunching

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Archbishop’s House in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times.

The most influential Catholic prelate in Ireland has one year left as a bishop - has he any regrets?

Diarmuid Martin (74), who has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome. “One thing I would not want is that there would be a vacuum or that there would be a prolonged period of speculation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Prelate would have been ‘kneecapped’ in past for saying the things said by Pope Francis in Dublin

President Michael D Higgins at the GPO in Dublin to mark the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President leads commemorations at GPO following ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery

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.. fleadh. Patsy McGarry

‘Anybody who has a concern for Northern Ireland, for the people of Northern Ireland, for the future of Northern Ireland, whether it’s in or out of Brexit, should be working to ensure this type of violence doesn’t re-emerge,’ Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Archbishop of Dublin asks Taoiseach to give ‘clear, courageous’ leadership at this time

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin taking part in the annual Way of The Cross  procession from the Wellington monument to the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park on Good Friday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Churches take part in ecumenical ‘Way of the Cross’ processions in Limerick and Dublin

Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, which was a mother-and-baby home operated by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The State did not adequately oversee mother-and-baby homes says commission member

 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘What went wrong to give rise to a situation in which children within the church of Jesus Christ were not cared for with scrupulous dignity, whether in life or in death?’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘Hard to believe that evidence has simply vanished and that no one can remember’

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: ‘the DUP are very much bedded and wedded all the time to the Constitutional position of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom.’ Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Former taoiseach is ‘sometimes puzzled’ over DUP’s stance on the UK leaving the EU

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