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Brendan O’Regan, who was catering comptroller at Shannon Airport and a onetime chairman of Bord Fáilte

It may now be a global $70 billion business, but it has its origins in the mind of one Clare man. And like many innovations, the concept of duty free,(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said the  Chequers proposal is ‘a good deal for Northern Ireland”’. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Theresa May’s Chequers plan is the “only proposal” that delivers on Britain’s objective to leave the European Union, the Secretary of State for Northe(...)

Cross  on the top of Bray Head: 68  per cent of  American Christians pray daily, compared with 19 per cent in Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish adults remain significantly closer to Berlin than Boston in terms of religious belief and practice, according to a new study from the Washington(...)

Abuse survivor Marie Collins takes part in a panel meeting on the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults at the Pastoral Congress at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland August 24th, 2018. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The fear of a “domino effect” and how deep and wide the clerical abuse scandal goes is behind the Catholic Church’s reluctance to investigate it prope(...)

Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher is crowned the 2018 International Rose of Tralee. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh

Every year I watch the Rose of Tralee I am left with that uncomfortable, disempowered feeling of disappointment. Disappointed that it hasn’t changed,(...)

Pope Francis  in St Peter’s Square. Expert Ian Elliott says the pope’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure”.  File photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/AP

Pope Francis’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure” and “he needs to come [to Ireland] with a mindset that it’s not good enough to s(...)

'When I would actually think about killing myself, I would think, ‘Am I really just gonna kill myself over a penis?’' Photograph: Andrew Mangum/New York Times

In a 14-hour operation, a young military veteran – whose genitals were blown off by a bomb – has received an extraordinary transplant: a penis, scrotu(...)

‘Here, if I fix my gaze on the barrier island beach out there at the end of the tidal basin, I can almost forget that I live in a country being overrun by a gang of hucksters, where Facebook, not factual reportage, has the power to influence entire belief systems.’

Two weeks ago, I was heading out for my evening walk when a honking sound filled our neighbourhood streets. I stopped on the footpath, excited to watc(...)

Pope Francis: seen by many as separate from the institution he leads, and which he himself struggles to reform. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

It is the story of a photograph: four cardinals, all Irish, and one president, Mary McAleese. The occasion was the elevation in 2007 of the then prima(...)

Marie Collins, former member of the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors, said:  “I saw the Vatican up close, and its resistance, the lack of priority [on clerical child sex abuse], lack of transparency, and the absolutely misleading statements issued.” File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Dublin abuse survivor Marie Collins has criticised a decision by Pope Francis not to reappoint “some of the most hard-working, independent, and active(...)

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