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The save Moore Street campaign joins hands to mark the 10th anniversary of the Arms Around Moore Street protest. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A survey of terraced houses in Moore Street associated with the Easter Rising has shown most of the buildings were not there in 1916. The Government (...)

 Coombe hospital: the bishops have no say in any maternity hospital in the State. None are run by the church. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Agitation over the Catholic bishops Code of Ethical Standards for Healthcare in recent weeks was greatly exaggerated. Relevant healthcare facilities (...)

Prof Gerry Whyte from TCD. Photograph: Alan Betson

Repealing the Eighth Amendment will not take the Republic back to the constitutional position on abortion that existed prior to its enactment in 1983,(...)

It  is wrong to describe a fertilised ovum as a human being. It is a biological reaction. It has no head, no heart, no spine, no consciousness.

It is time we talked about the embryo. Calmly, seriously, rationally. Last week it emerged that scientists at Oregon Health and Science University h(...)

Embryonic research: scientists believe “editing” human genomes could also work for other conditions caused by mutations such as cystic fibrosis and some breast cancers. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Catholic Church in Ireland has voiced its total opposition to the use of embryos in research following a breakthrough study by scientists who “edi(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: When Brian Stack’s sons approached Sinn Féin for help they were effectively put through the Stormont House mechanism.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When criticised for his Brian Stack murder “investigation”, Gerry Adams has a standard response. It gets a bit lost amid his petulant martyrdom, but (...)

View of the aftermath of the Shankill Road  bombing in Belfast on October 23rd, 1993. File photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

When Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan stood beside Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers in Belfast on November 17th l(...)

The  Omagh bombing: “Sceptics may doubt whether paramilitary groups will step up, but no one knows where a dynamic process will lead.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

As usual this Christmas, there were private tears and empty chairs at festive tables. Grief permeates like a dull poison down the generations. Bereav(...)

But the past is not just about British national security, about the military and intelligence agencies and what information will be disclosed. This process is no closer to understanding what co-operation it could expect from the IRA and the various loyalist organisations.  PA

On the cover of the latest Stormont deal the words “A fresh start” are typed. They are meant to signal yet another new beginning, another moment when (...)

The oldest school in Belfast is celebrating its 230th anniversary with the help of pupils and eminent alumni. Photograph: Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Whether it is in politics, in the arts, or on the Ireland rugby team, you do not have to look very far to find a Belfast Royal Academy pupil making(...)

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