Private investors were brought into Nama via a special purpose vehicle which held a majority stake in an investment holding vehicle which was part of the agency structure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The way is being cleared for the payment of €2 billion from the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) to the exchequer, with the agency tying up agr(...)

Fr Michael Canny at the door of St Columb’s Church in the Waterside,  Derry. Photograph: Trevor McBride

At St Columb’s Church in Derry’s Waterside, the doors are open for the first time since March 8th. A parishioner enters, wearing a face mask; inside i(...)

I have seen God in the front-line workers in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices. Photograph: iStock

In the middle of March, just as the pandemic reached our shores, I was standing at a pedestrian crossing in my clerical collar. A car slowed down and (...)

Dr Ali Al Saleh (centre, in white) said that Covid-19 spared no race, no region and ‘has put us away from our churches, our mosques, our prayer places’ but it was also ‘an opportunity to show the strength of our faith.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Irish Muslim leader who was critically ill with Covid-19 joined other religious leaders in expressing gratitude to frontline staff and praying for (...)

 Sé O Hanlon, 78 from Glasnevin, Dublin going out on his bike following the easing of cocooning measures.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Over 70s and cocooners who wish to leave their homes can go for a drive rather than a walk or a cycle if they prefer, once it is within 5 kilometres o(...)

O’Connell Bridge in Dublin during coronavirus restrictions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The current restrictions on social and economic life will be eased in stages from May 18th. From Tuesday, however, minor changes will be introduced. (...)

The current emergency has been a godsend for those patriotically wedded to the sanctity of personal space

I can’t recall when I last hugged a friend. I gaze out at the empty street. The spaces seem wider when they are so sparsely occupied. The pigeons look(...)

In an eerie dress rehearsal for the shape of the post-pathogen world, for decades we mistook the exchange of virtual cash for goods and services to be “globalisation” when in fact it was an elaborate form of social distancing. Photograph: iStock

Although we in the churches of the post-Christian West may have forgotten that humankind is a unity, the coronavirus did not. In an eerie dress rehear(...)

Family and friends pay tribute as bells rang out at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Strabane, Co Tyrone,  in memory of local nurse Pat McManus, who died with Covid-19.

First a single bell rang out. Then, from the church a few hundred metres away, there was another. They were joined by another, and then another, as St(...)

Retired archbishop of Dublin John Neill and his wife Betty. Photograph: An Garda Síochána Kilkenny/Carlow/Facebook

A retired Church of Ireland archbishop has described himself and his wife as “extremely annoyed that we older people have been deceived and misled in (...)

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