Gina Menzies said the blasphemy clause in the Constitution ‘doesn’t protect freedom of religion and belief, in fact it undermines it’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Amnesty and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties have issued a joint appeal for a ‘Yes’ vote in the blasphemy referendum. And Catholic theologian and(...)

Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe Kenneth Kearon said the church believed the constitutional reference to blasphemy was “largely obsolete”. Photograph: Cian Reinhardt

The Church of Ireland is supporting the removal of the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution in the referendum taking place later this month. Bi(...)

Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917 - 1980) at home in San Salvador in November 1979. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

There is something about the murder of a priest saying Mass that has always stirred the Christian imagination. The priest is then at his most vulnerab(...)

Christ Church in Buncrana has been attacked on a number of occasions within the past week.

A Co Donegal church has been forced to close after a series of vandalism attacks. Christ Church in Buncrana has been attacked on a number of occasion(...)

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley: has ran a consultation on addressing the legacy of the North’s past

All investigations into unsolved killings during the Troubles should be stopped and the money saved spent on victims and survivors, some of the UK’s s(...)

‘The relationship of the Church of Ireland with the totality of Irish history and culture . . . can only become more complex as we approach the commemoration of 150 years of Disestablishment,” Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members of the Church of Ireland must address their identity as Irish Anglicans, Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has said. “The relationship of(...)

Michelle O’Neill:  “We did not hear anything new from Karen Bradley that would give us any kind of hope that her government has any interest in prioritising the needs of people here”

Sinn Féin has described as a “bit of a groundhog day” efforts by Northern Secretary Karen Bradley at Stormont to restart a talks process aimed at rest(...)

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton     has commenced key provisions of the School Admissions Act which removes religion as a ground for priority entry into most schools for the coming academic year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The immediate lifting of the “Baptism barrier” will cause chaos in primary school admissions, the country’s biggest teachers’ union has warned. On We(...)

The order, to be signed by the Minister, will remove the existing provision permitting schools to use religion as a selection criteria in school admissions in most cases. Photograph: Getty

The “baptism barrier” for entry to all Catholic primary schools is to be removed for the coming academic year. Minister for Education Richard Bruton (...)

Primary schoolchildren have about two and a half hours of religious study per week taught by teachers who are part of the ever-dwindling participative church, says former principal Peter Gunning. Photo: iStock

It was the look in my oncologist’s eye that made me make the on-the-spot decision to retire. He may as well have pointed to the bold print on the wal(...)

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