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Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl is understood to want a stricter enforcement of the rules. Picture Nick Bradshaw

A prayer should continue to be said at the beginning of business in the Dáil and Seanad, the Oireachtas Committee on Procedures and Privileges has de(...)

Shrine in Tuam, Co Galway. “The desire to be instruments of what is right is not the monopoly of one religion or, indeed, of religion at all,” said Bishop Paul Colton. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Irish society and churches need to confront the reality of what happened in mother and baby homes and ensure similar scandals are not allowed to happe(...)

Archbishop Charles Brown: “We’ve a lot of priests in Ireland who are in their 70s, who are working right now. Some are in their 80s. In 10 years they’re not going to be working”

Papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown has expressed alarm at the lack of vocations in Ireland, and at the age profile of existing priests. “We’ve a (...)

The impressive interior of St Colman’s Cathedral.

Its soaring sound provided the backdrop to countless prayers of hope for generations of Irish emigrants leaving Cobh for America over the last 100 yea(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone declined to agree a Cabinet position rejecting the latest abortion Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Good morning, and happy International Women’s Day. Yesterday the Dáil grappled with the reality of Ireland’s treatment of women and children in the p(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s speech was hewn from previous ones. And, for that, sounded just a little contrived. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

One minute in Dáil Éireann, Enda Kenny was saying all the right things and hitting the nail on the head. A very old nail, driven in a long time ago. (...)

Dan Duane (78) had already lost two appeals against a decision by the Canonical Court in Ireland to dismiss him from the priesthood after it found he had abused five girls in the 1970s and ’80s.  File photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

A former priest in the Diocese of Cloyne in Co Cork has lost a personal appeal to Pope Francis against his dismissal from the priesthood after the pon(...)

The Taoiseach has to talk about migration – he has done so every other year he’s been at the White House. Photograph: Eric Luke

Enda Kenny has had many dreadful days as Taoiseach and a few very good ones. The good days were those on which he stepped out of character as a jobbin(...)

Former Cork hurler  Diarmuid O’Sullivan said ‘I absolutely enjoyed the physicality of hurling and I do not think there is any need to try and remove it from the game’. Photograph: The Irish Times

He wasn’t called ‘The Rock’ for nothing but former Cork hurler, Diarmuid O’Sullivan has welcomed a suggestion by Donegal consultant surgeon, Dr Kevin (...)

Fr Tim Hazelwood who was falsely accused of abuse: “As a priest everything revolves around your good name. The shame is a huge thing. Shame, helplessness and powerlessness”

In his victim impact statement to the courts in Dublin a priest, falsely accused of raping a child, said he would have preferred to have been shot th(...)

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