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I now accept that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican may well have done me a favour when they intervened in my life eight years ago and decreed that I could no longer perform public ministry as a priest. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

In this increasingly uncertain world there is a strong inclination to cling to whatever might give us some sense of security. Life is fragile, and in (...)

Clongowes Wood College in Co Kildare is run by the Jesuits, as well as Belvedere College and Gonzaga in Dublin.

Three retired and former Jesuit priests and a Jesuit brother died at the congregation’s Cherryfield Lodge nursing home in Dublin’s Milltown last week.(...)

Brendan and Breda Butler safely indoors in their home in Malahide, Co Dublin: they will take refuge in reading. Photograph: Tom Honan

Brendan Butler (77) and Breda (72) were surviving day three of “the Cocoon” on Monday despite a feeling of being “hemmed in” in their north Co Dublin (...)

Accountant Michael Kinder had an Oxycontin addiction. Photograph: iStock

An accountant who stole over £1 million (€1.17 million) from a south Belfast care home – almost causing a “cash flow crisis” within the charity – was (...)

Book of Kells: from the oldest depiction of Mary and the newborn Jesus in western art. Photograph: TCD/Hulton/Getty

Jesus preached the kingdom of God, but Luke and Matthew, the evangelists who compiled the two established Nativity legends, described the world as it (...)

Sheila O’Leary, whose mother Lucy Agnes Smyth and father Thomas Francis Byrne were both in the GPO during the Easter Rising, died at the age of 97. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sheila O’Leary, whose parents were both in the GPO during the Easter Rising, has died at the age of 97. Mrs O’Leary nee Byrne was born in Dublin in D(...)

 Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli poses at the British embassy in Rome before receiving the medal of knighthood from the British ambassador to Italy in 2004. File photograph: Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images

Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a stat(...)

The congregations have yet to pay in full compensation deals reached in 2002 and 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eighteen religious congregations who ran orphanages, reformatories and industrial schools investigated by the Ryan Commission have yet to fully honour(...)

The settlement was announced at the High Court in Belfast.

A woman who claims she was repeatedly beaten by nuns and forced to bathe in barely diluted disinfectant at a children’s home in Belfast is to receive (...)

The National Transport Authority’s chief executive, Anne Graham, said some decisions may be ‘difficult’, but they were necessary for ‘fast, reliable, punctual and convenient’ public transport. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Nearly 350 homes in north and west Dublin will lose part of their front gardens to clear the way for the first of four high-speed BusConnects bus corr(...)

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