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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(...)

The assembly decided same-sex couples could no longer be full members of the church, nor could their children be baptised. Photograph: Pacemaker

A total of 232 Presbyterian ministers and elders have acknowledged “the profound sense of hurt, dismay and anger” felt in the church following decisio(...)

U2 on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photograph: Ross Stewart

U2 frontman Bono paid tribute on Sunday night to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney for their “very hard work” in protecting “our b(...)

Ireland’s 2001-2002 membership of the UN Security Council, dominated by the response to the 9/11 attacks, was the last time Ireland held one of its 10 non-permanent seats.

Richard Ryan, Ireland’s permanent representative at the United Nations, was preparing for the second week of the Irish month-long presidency of the UN(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar   in Brussels last week. He will be attending a series of events in New York on Monday marking the formal launch of Ireland’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.  Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Winning a seat on the UN Security Council would place Ireland “at the heart of UN decision-making on international peace, security and development,” T(...)

 US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (seated) at UN headquarters in New York in June. File photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The US withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday after no other countries “had the courage to join our fight” to reform the “hypocritical a(...)

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to the UN General Assembly before a vote in New York. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations General Assembly condemned Israel on Wednesday for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians. It has also asked UN chie(...)

Members of the Together for Yes Campaign call for abortion reform in Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Republic of Ireland is apparently heading for hell and Northern Protestants have no intention of being dragged down that primrose path, according (...)

Ursula Halligan of the We Are Church Ireland group which has started a petition calling on the pope to change Vatican theological language “that is gravely insulting to LGBTQI people”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Same-sex couples can no longer be full members of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland nor can their children be baptised, the church’s general assembly(...)

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has agreed its moderator should meet  Pope Francis during his two-day visit here in August.  Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has agreed its moderator should meet Pope Francis when he visits Ireland in August, while it has also loosened ties(...)

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