Patrons control the ethos and philosophy of a school, appoint the chair of the board of management and approve the membership of the board. Photograph: iStock

Over the next 10 years, the Government will spend an eye-watering €8 billion on new school buildings. It will then hand over the keys – and control – (...)

Church services

CATHEDRALS Armagh -St Patrick’s Church of Ireland --Sunday services at 10am (Holy Communion), 11am (Sung Eucharist) and 3:15pm (Choral Evensong). Mon(...)

Political leaders including Arlene Foster, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill listen to Fr Martin McGill’s homily

A key moment at the funeral of Lyra McKee was when Fr Martin Magill, commended political leaders such as the DUP’s Arlene Foster and Sinn Féin’s Mary (...)

The coffin of journalist Lyra McKee is removed after her funeral at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

A priest at the funeral of Lyra McKee in Belfast on Wednesday asked “why in God’s name” it took her murder to bring politicians to a point where they (...)

Members of the Irish, Northern Irish and British governments will attend Lyra McKee’s funeral.

The family and partner of Lyra McKee as they prepare for her funeral service in Belfast this Wednesday afternoon have thanked the public for the “outp(...)

Murdered  journalist Lyra McKee:  Despite public sympathy and frustration, senior  Government sources are not optimistic of any imminent breakthrough to allow Stormont be relaunched. Photograph: Family handout

The British and Irish governments are doubtful that negotiations to get Stormont back into operation can be brought quickly to life, despite public ou(...)

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

It would be hugely ironic for an Ireland “that pushes relentlessly a secular agenda” to ignore the remarkable diversity among its people today “simply(...)

Diarmuid Martin (74), who has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome. “One thing I would not want is that there would be a vacuum or that there would be a prolonged period of speculation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, turned 74 on April 8th. He has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome, a(...)

‘Anybody who has a concern for Northern Ireland, for the people of Northern Ireland, for the future of Northern Ireland, whether it’s in or out of Brexit, should be working to ensure this type of violence doesn’t re-emerge,’ Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The murder of Lyra McKee in Derry on Thursday night calls for “clear, courageous and unfailing leadership,” Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid has(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin taking part in the annual Way of The Cross  procession from the Wellington monument to the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park on Good Friday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin lamented the “harshness” of Irish Catholicism in the past while speaking at a ‘Way of the Cross’ event on Friday.(...)

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