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Éamon de Valera with members of his cabinet in December 1937 during the inauguration of the new Constitution, which further defined women’s place as in the home. Photograph: Hulton Archive

In December 1918, two women, Countess Constance Markievicz and Winifred Carney, ran for election on the island of Ireland and one, Markievicz, was ele(...)

 Former  Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson (C) leaves court in Newcastle, New South Wales, following a hearing in August. Photograph: Darren Pateman/EPA

An Australian court on Thursday overturned the conviction of a former archbishop who had been the world’s most senior Catholic cleric held guilty of (...)

Enrolment policies at St Patrick’s National School, Church Road, Greystones, have stirred controversy locally. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A retired Church of Ireland archdeacon has been barred from taking part in church services by the Archbishop of Dublin for six months after speaking o(...)

‘In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable,’ says Pope Francis. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi/File Photo

Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer has expressed disappointment at Pope Francis’ declaration that there is “no room” in the Catholic church for gay prie(...)

Fabella Hospital, Manila: about 60 women give birth here each day. Photograph: Kimberly dela Cruz

“Watch out! That wire is live.” We duck under a tangle of electric wires hanging over the door, and enter a tiny concrete room in the Manila slum of M(...)

 November sunset: a new report says small families with long-lived members,   contributing well into old age as  workers and caregivers, should be the international goal. Illustration: Michael Viney

On the day I was born, in 1933, I joined some two billion members of Homo sapiens, the planet’s dominant and fastest-proliferating mammal. That figure(...)

Queens University Belfast historian, Professor Liam Kennedy said he had  ‘little doubt that mothers who had miscarriages or still-births suffered mental anguish as a result of the death of an unbaptised foetus or still-birth’. File photograph: Alan Betson

A new study from Queen’s University, Belfast has found that belief in limbo – a place for unbaptised babies – has declined throughout the decades in I(...)

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin  said the World Meeting of Families was “the tale of two congresses: there’s what happened on the ground, and then there’s what happened in the media”

The simmering resentment of some Catholic clergy in Ireland over low attendance at events during the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland has finally brok(...)

Mari Steed: would like to see more emphasis on disclosure and access to documents.

Mari Steed is one of thousands of people who were sent by institutions in Ireland to the US for adoption. She was born in Bessborough Mother and Baby(...)

Surprisingly for a scientist, Richard Dawkins supports his charge on the long-term psychological damage of a religious upbringing with little more than anecdotes. Photograph: Alan Betson

Religion in Ireland is currently under strong and persistent criticism from liberal commentators. One frequently heard criticism is that it is serious(...)

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