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  Fr Tony Flannery: “Anything remotely to do with the church, I am persona non grata.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An Irish priest censured by the Vatican has cast doubts that his future or the futures of other clerics in his situation will improve following last w(...)

A spokeswoman for Minister for Education Richard  Bruton said  the Government would not allow a situation to develop where schools would have to close. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Peter Coakley has just come back from checking the school’s gas boiler, which is on the blink again. It provides heat for the 500-plus children at his(...)

 Former Westlifer Nicky Byrne meets fans while  on the red carpet ahead of  the official opening ceremony of the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest,  at the Euroclub, Stockholm, Sweden,  May 8th, 2016. Byrne will perform the Irish entry in the contest, the  grand final  of which will take place  this Saturday, May 14th. Photograph: Pontus Lundahl/EPA

Divas. Eurobeats. Leather. Coded messages about Russian foreign policy. Nicky Byrne from Westlife. Nude men frolicking with wolves. A trampoline. Th(...)

Antonio Banderas in The Legend of Zorro (2005). The Irish man who inspired the character Zorro was tried by the Spanish Inquisition, a new book has revealed.

The fate of the Irish man who inspired the character Zorro has been revealed in a new book about the Spanish Inquisition. William Lamport, from Co W(...)

 People protest against the diversion of €12m from the State’s mental health budget, outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hundreds gathered outside Leinster House on Thursday to protest the removal of €12 million from the State’s mental health budget for 2016. Orchestrat(...)

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In 2002 I graduated from UCD with a bachelor-of-arts degree. In hindsight it was a relative doddle: there was no continuous assessment and not a huge(...)

Annie McCarrick: American student was last seen in Johnnie Fox’s pub in Glencullen, Co Wicklow, on March 26th, 1993.

The mother of missing American woman Annie McCarrick has said she has given up hope ever seeing her daughter again, but that her “greatest wish” was (...)

 A site for the planned EirGrid North-South Interconnector development at Kilmainhamwood, near Nobber Co Meath. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

EirGrid and Meath County Council have clashed over the effect the construction of a major power line will have on views from the Hill of Tara. The d(...)

Former Unilever HR chief says businesses need leaders with a ‘sense of purpose’. Image: Thinkstock

A world that has is “volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous” is now the “new normal” and business leaders will have no choice but to equip themsel(...)

Fr PJ Byrne’s death  anticipates the passing of a generation of diocesan priests who emerged in the years after Vatican II, full of the enthusiasm and anxious to make a difference in the lives of their parishioners.

On February 7th, the parish priest of Kilcock and Newtown in Co Kildare, Fr PJ Byrne, died suddenly. Earlier he had travelled to witness a Kildare vic(...)

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