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Pope Francis said today that clergy who were “careerists” or “social climbers” were doing serious damage to the Catholic Church, his latest ut(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter: “If the UK had fallen to the forces of Nazi Germany, the same fate would almost certainly have been visited on this island with all of the consequences that would have gone with it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Legislation to grant a pardon and apology to some 5,000 Defence Forces personnel who deserted to fight with the Allies in the (...)

Spain’s  Constitutional Court is in the process of examining an appeal against the current abortion  law by the governing Partido Popular, led by  Mariano Rajoy. Photograph: Reuters/Juan Medina

The Spanish government is being accused of turning back the clock to the repressive era of the Franco d(...)

It was a classic “have you stopped beating your wife?” moment. Cardinal Seán Brady was asked by RTÉ if the Catholic Church would excommunicate (...)

Bishop Christopher Jones and Fr Timothy Bartlett representing the Catholic Church at the  Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children last January. Bishop Jones described the 1992 Supreme Court judgment on the X case as “morally unacceptable”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So the Catholic bishops have spoken on the heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013, published by the Government last week. S(...)

In a strongly worded intervention yesterday in the abortion debate, Primate of All-Ireland Cardinal Seán Brady 
Cardinal Sean Brady 
legislators had an obligation to oppose laws that attack something so fundamental as the right to life. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has warned TDs they have a “solemn duty” to oppose laws that attack the sacredness of life. In(...)

Harry Blaney was TD for Donegal North East until 2002 when he retired from Leinster House.

The funeral was taking place in Fanad in Co Donegal this afternoon of the former Independent Fianna Fáil TD Harry Blaney who died on Monday, ag(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has justified the initiative to remove some primary schools from the patronage of the Catholic Church on th(...)

Director Ken Loach in Jim Gralton’s native Co Leitrim last week scouting for locations with a view to shooting the film Jimmy’s Hall in the late summer. Photograph: Matt Carr/Getty Images

Director Ken Loach is to make a film about Jim Gralton, the only Irish man to have been deported from Ireland. Loach wa(...)

An open day for vocations held in St Patrick’s College Maynooth. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There was a sense of deja vu for Michael Byrne when he attended the seminary open day in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, yeste(...)

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