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Part of the reason 'Father Ted' remains popular today  is that its anarchic humour has a certain timelessness.

On October 1st, 2014, thousands marched through Dublin protesting against the imposition of water charges. Many demonstrators brandished home-made pla(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: A self-proclaimed champion of women’s rights, McDonald was having to defend the party against a rape victim

From the moment Mary Lou McDonald joined Sinn Féin as a fresh-faced Fianna Fáil defector, she was primed for the position of leader. In 1998, she aba(...)

Pope Francis ‘has just turned back the clock to the darkest days of this crisis’, says campaigner Anne Barrett Doyle. Photograph: Mario Ruiz/EPA

Pope Francis has accused victims of Chile’s most notorious paedophile of slander, in an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a (...)

Magdalene laundry: the back wall of the Gloucester Street laundry, which closed in 1996. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/NYT

A few minutes’ walk across central Dublin from the GPO, shrine to Irish freedom, stands a monument to a very different side of our history – although (...)

Joanne Hayes leaving the tribunal of enquiry into the Kerry babies in 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Kerry babies case would be unlikely to happen today. The Ireland of 2018 bears little resemblance to that of 1985, when an 82-day tribunal grippe(...)

The information card issued to members of the Association of Catholic Priests

Catholic priests in Kildare and Leighlin diocese have taken strong exception to “the sinister and false suggestion” from the Association of Catholic P(...)

Mary Coughlan:  “It’s the same bunch of people who come out and make it divisive. That’s what saddens me.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The thing that’s really annoying me at the moment are the issues around the upcoming referendum on abortion. I’ve been campaigning since the very begi(...)

Stormont  in Belfast. A senior Catholic Church figure has called for courageous leadership to lift Northern Irish politics away from fear and stagnation. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A senior Catholic Church figure has called for imaginative and courageous leadership to lift Northern Ireland politics away from fear and stagnation. (...)

The Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools says the proposals to remove the Baptism barrier will seriously undermine the role of Catholic schools and their ability to continue to promote a ‘living faith environment’.

Catholic groups have told the Government that plans to remove the “Baptism barrier” for entry to school will create major constitutional problems and (...)

The Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools says  proposals will seriously undermine the role of Catholic schools and their ability to continue to promote a “living faith environment”.

Should taxpayer-funded schools be permitted to give priority in their admission policies to children of their own religion ahead of other children who(...)

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