Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe Kenneth Kearon: ‘Families are at the heart of church and community in Ireland.’

The visit of Pope Francis to Ireland was important “for all Christians in Ireland”, not just Catholics, a Church of Ireland bishop has said. Pope Fr(...)

Gay rights campaigner Justin McAleese aid he had a “huge problem” with the level of leadership in the Catholic Church. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Faith-based objections have no place in the secular same-sex marriage debate in Northern Ireland, the son of former president Mary McAleese said. It (...)

While the “baptism barrier” has been removed for most schools, minority faith schools may are entitled to discriminate based on religion in their admissions. Photograph: iStock

Should a child who attends church services regularly get priority access to their local State-funded school? It’s a question that goes to the heart o(...)

Church of Ireland primary school St Patrick’s in Greystones, Co Wicklow, has insisted that it is a “diverse and inclusive school”. Photograph: iStock

Minority faith schools will not be allowed to rank children on the basis of how often they attend church services in their admission policies, under n(...)

Minority faith schools are legally permitted to discriminate on the basis of religion in their admission policies. Photograph: iStock

A principal has resigned from a Church of Ireland primary school in protest over moves to prioritise the enrolment of children who are actively involv(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Government intended to let local groups take the lead in marking events of the period. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called for honesty and inclusiveness in commemorating the centenary of various events during the War of Independence and th(...)

Rev Trevor Johnston, a member of the committee that set up the highly conservative Global Anglican Future Conference Ireland group. Photograph: ASCBelfast.com

The Republic of Ireland is the least Christian part of the English-speaking world and a place where “God is now seen as redundant and unnecessary”, a (...)

A total of 353,874 tickets were sold   for Pope Francis’ Mass in the Phoenix Park on the first day they went on sale. Photograph:  Andrew Medichini/AP

Bookings for World Meeting of Families events in Dublin next month “before it ever starts, has already exceeded all records,” Bishop of Kildare and Le(...)

Former president Mary McAleese has emphasised the primacy of conscience. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Catholic Church in Ireland, in which I am pleased to serve on my local parish pastoral council, has been arrogant in relation to its members and t(...)

Fayez and Muna al-Taneeb meet local farmer John O’Connell in Carrigaline, Co Cork, ahead of the Occupied Territories Bill going to the Seanad. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A Palestinian farming couple have urged Irish politicians to back a Bill by Independent Senator Frances Black which would prohibit Ireland purchasing (...)

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