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A forensic officer inspects the scene of a  car bomb attack in Derry, Northern Ireland, on Sunday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Public figures and politicians from across the UK and Republic of Ireland have condemned a car bomb attack on Derry courthouse in Northern Ireland. T(...)

A forensic officer inspects the scene of the car bombing in Derry. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Police in Derry believe the dissident republican group the New IRA was behind an explosion outside the city’s courthouse on Saturday night. “Our pr(...)

One well-placed source warned:  “Get Dublin wrong and Diarmuid Martin’s formidable legacy will be set at nought. And rapidly.” Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Speculation that the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin is about to step down has intensified following a recent interview, which observers felt re(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin greets Pope Francis at his arrival at Dublin airport last August. Photograph: Maxwells

Major change at Catholic Church leadership level in Ireland is imminent as almost a third of the 26 dioceses on the island are scheduled to have new b(...)

Four men have this year begun training for the religious life at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Dundalk, while a further eight began their propaedeutic (pre-seminary) year at other locations in Ireland and abroad. Photograph: Getty Images

Just five men have begun training for the Catholic priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, this autumn, believed to be the lowest number since i(...)

 Pope Francis: “dogmatic certainty” is the foundation for the much vaunted practice of “discernment” which he  has promoted consistently. Photograph: Max Rossi

In the very first interview given after his election, Pope Francis said this: “I have a dogmatic certainty: God is in every person’s life. God is in e(...)

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast is to close after 185 years.

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast, which trained priests mainly for the Down and Connor diocese, is to close after 185 years. From September next its(...)

Cathal O’Connor and Rory McCormack’s Handsome Burger in Galway is doing a two-for-one deal today

Today is National Burger Day and more than 500 outlets across Ireland, from takeaways to gourmet burger restaurants, are offering two for the price of(...)

Ambassador O’Donoghue travelled to Jeju Island to present the Presidential Distinguished Service Award to Fr PJ McGlinchey in February 2015.

One of Ireland’s most decorated missionaries, Columban priest Fr Patrick James McGlinchey (89), has died in South Korea where he had been since 1953. (...)

Bishop of Cork and Ross Dr John Buckley:  he said the debate about repealing the Eighth Amendment had failed to make any mention of the “rightness” or “wrongness” of human behaviour. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Repealing the Eighth Amendment to allow for abortion in Ireland could pave the way for the introduction of euthanasia and eugenics, two Catholic bisho(...)

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