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At Tuam the fifth interim report found that scientific analysis on underground chambers  'suggests that at least some of the chambers in which human remains were found were at some stage used to receive sewage'.

Publication of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation’s final report could be delayed due to its exceptional length The document is on(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hailed the “biggest investment in rural Ireland ever” as he announced the signing of the contract for the National Broadband Plan at an event in Glendalough Co Wicklow. Illustration: Getty

Some 300 towns and villages across Ireland are to get high-speed internet hubs while they await the arrival of the National Broadband Plan. The full l(...)

A Paris of the West by Jack B Yeats, on display at Sotheby’s in London as part of its Irish art sale.   Photograph: Michael Bowles/Getty Images for Sotheby’s

A leading figure in the sport of road bowling has issued an 11th hour plea for a benefactor to help purchase an important painting of a bowl player wh(...)

Bishop of Cloyne William Crean: ‘The Catholic Church’s goal is . . . not to control, but to serve.’ Photograph: Catholic Communications Office/PA Wire.

Those who predict the demise of the Catholic Church in Ireland because of clerical sex abuse scandals are mistaken, a bishop has said. Bishop of Clo(...)

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

Decisions by bishops to do with a shortage of priests should involve the lay people directly affected, a senior member of the Association of Catholic (...)

The Taoiseach’s remarks “will awaken and give a focus to the sleeping giant of traditional Catholicism”. Photograph: Tom Honan

The recent Dáil exchange in which Taoiseach Leo Varadkar compared Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to “one of those parish priests who preaches from (...)

Dr Fintan Gavin

The Catholic Church must reach out to those on the margins and those who have lost their faith if it is to be an authentic Christian community, the ne(...)

A death notice for Valerie French Kilroy said she was ‘loved and missed by her heartbroken family’

It is a time of “immense trauma” for family and friends of Valerie French Kilroy whose body was found at her home in Co Mayo last Friday, the Church o(...)

A view of the 1916 Proclamation at  Trinity College. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It is a peculiarity of Irish life that an independence sought for so long and at such cost is not celebrated. Of the 20 or so nations which achieved t(...)

On Sunday, Pope Francis called for the eradication of child sex abuse “from the face of the earth”, saying “behind this there is Satan.” Yet concrete measures he called for to combat it have amounted to relatively little. Photograph:  Handout/AFP/Getty Images

It was that other Pope, 18th century English poet Alexander Pope, who said: “words are like leaves; and where they most abound, much fruit of sense be(...)

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