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Ryan Moore wins on Mogul in last year’s KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien has said his Derby plans in this unprecedented classic campaign are currently “up in the air” but has ruled out any horse running in bot(...)

Local children watch the first race from outside Naas Racecourse as racing in Ireland resumes. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish racing resumed behind closed doors at Naas on Monday and was widely judged a ‘winner alright’. The first major live sporting action held in Ire(...)

 A protester hits a poster of US president Donald Trump with a shoe outsidethe US embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday. Photograph: Khalid al-Mousily/Reuters

For months, furious protests have battered Iraq, driven by frustration at a dysfunctional economy, corruption and the pervasive influence of a foreign(...)

Pope Francis celebrating Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae (Saint Martha House) in Vatican City, 11th November 2019. File photograph: Vatican/EPA

Three more former altar boys have claimed they were sexually abused by two priests in the Vatican, as the child abuse scandal that has rocked the Cath(...)

An undated  photograph  of a poster appealing for information on the whereabouts of Emanuela Orlandi, who disapeared on June 22nd 1983. Photograph: EPA/STF

The disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican City employee, who vanished off a Rome street one summer day after attend(...)

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(...)

Marie Collins: ‘The church reaction is a mirror image of what we were hearing here in Ireland 30 years ago.’ File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

As the scandal of clerical child sex abuse emerges in other countries across the world the Catholic Church response in each has been exactly as it was(...)

Pakistani women  queue to vote outside a polling station during the general election in Lahore on July 25th, 2018: female participation in elections in Pakistan is among the lowest in the world. Photograph:  Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

The Representation of People Act 1918 granted the vote to Irish and English women aged over 30 who met certain property qualifications. While some na(...)

Pope Francis is not really interested in institutionalism but, rather, in authentic love for all people. Photograph: Reuters

When Pope Francis arrived in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families (WmoF), he landed in the midst of intense controversy over clerical abuse and s(...)

 Pope Francis shakes hands with Katherine Zappone, Minister  for Children and Youth Affairs, at a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin  in Dublin. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The pope and the Minister for Children clasped hands beneath the portico. As greetings go, this one went on far longer than protocol might require. Wh(...)

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