Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said there was “a need for the transformation of dimensions of Irish culture for the sake of mature pluralism”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish universities have “lost the dream” which Cardinal John Henry Newman had of “liberal education and of a liberal education for Catholics”, the Arc(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk speaks at a press conference on Friday in Valletta, Malta, where he issued draft guidelines on how the EU intends to negotiate Britain’s departure from it. Photograph: Domenic Aquilina/EPA

British prime minister Theresa May has given a cautious welcome to the European Union’s draft negotiating guidelines on Brexit, which open the way to (...)

Cannabis as a medicine has the uncommon property of having no lethal dose which means that it has never killed any patient, ever.

There was great joy in the Dáil last Thursday with the passing of the People Before Profit Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 through its(...)

Some residents at the Oberstown Detention Campus, Dublin (above) climbed up onto the roof of one of the buildings. During a stoppage by staff last month, children were confined to their bedrooms but some escaped and a major fire broke out. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Two international experts are to conduct a review of operations at the Oberstown children detention centre in north Dublin. Prof Barry Goldson, of t(...)

 Scottish first minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence at the Science Museum, Glasgow, today.  Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

An independent Scotland would keep the British pound, the queen and remain in the European Union but have its own defence force and collect its own ta(...)

An all-party UK parliamentary group  began an investigation last December into dementia services for Irish, Indian, Pakistani and black Caribbean communities, many of whom moved to Britain from the 1950s onwards. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA

Elderly Irish suffering dementia are in danger of being ignored by the National Health Service and local authorities because both fail to recognise th(...)