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As Catholics we have to recognise that Ireland is no longer a Catholic State for a Catholic people, where Catholic morality and doctrine is enshrined in the Constitution and in the civil and criminal law of the land.  Photograph: Getty Images

The forthcoming referendum will present me and other committed Catholics with a dilemma. Do I vote to retain the present constitutional ban on abortio(...)

Deputy leader of the Labour Party  Barry Desmond (right) with party leader  Dick Spring, in 1987. Mr Desmond, who represented Dún Laoghaire, recalls being denounced by priests from the altar. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The late Fine Gael taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald was “ politically railroaded’’ by Fianna Fáil’s Charles Haughey into agreeing to the controversial 1(...)

While the Catholic Church plays a significant governance role in about 50 ETB schools,  they were set up by the State as multidenominational schools and are obliged to reflect the needs of all pupils. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

State-run secondary schools expect large numbers of pupils to opt out of religious instruction following a new directive that requires schools to ensu(...)

Pope Paul VI in Sydney, Australia, to commemorate the bicentenary of Captain Cook’s discovery of the continent, during the official papal visit in 1970. Photograph: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images

The late pontiff Paul VI will be made a saint this year, Pope Francis has decided. Pope Paul VI led the Catholic Church in the 1960s and 1970s during(...)

Under the new rules, pupils who opt out of religious education can choose alternative subjects. Photograph: Getty

Pupils in State-run secondary schools are to be given the option of opting out of religious instruction and studying alternative subjects on an annual(...)

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton said he wished ‘to promote the Irish language and Irish-medium schools as far as possible’. Photograph: Getty Images

Four-year-old children could face interviews to test their ability to speak Irish under new measures to prioritise admission for children from Irish-s(...)

Pope Frances has been invited to attend the women’s conference on March 8th.

Pope Francis has been invited to attend the ‘Why Women Matter’ conference in Rome next month at which former President of Ireland Mary McAleese will b(...)

The Catholic Church in Ireland has put the collection box out for Irish business, seeking millions to help fund this year’s visit by Pope Francis, according to the ‘Sunday Business Post’. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Goodbody valuation The sale of Goodbody Stockbrokers to Chinese investors will value the business at €150 million, reports the Sunday Business Post.(...)

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo  Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, with Cardinal Sean Brady last August. File Photograph: John Mc Elroy

The Papal Nuncio to Ireland has apologised, on behalf of the Pope, for creating, what he described as “discouragement and disappointment” in the Catho(...)

Members of the London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign at the International Women’s Day march in 2017. Photograph: John Wells

On May 21st, 2015, the day before Ireland voted to introduce marriage equality, #HometoVote began to trend on Twitter. By 5pm on the day of the refere(...)

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