Fred Deane, caretaker at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Standing before the impressive Neo-Romanesque doorway of St Ann’s Church of Ireland on Dublin’s Dawson Street, Fred Deane is handing out leaflets for (...)

“In comparison with the rest of Europe, Irish people are still far more religious.” Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

At a recent Irish Association conference, Belief in the Future: Religion and Changing Identity, Rev Prof Anne Lodge, director of the Church of Ireland(...)

Former Green Party leader Rev  Trevor Sargent: We have created “a market for long-distance commuter housing” with “unhealthy consequences”.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

In Ireland “both church and State have baulked at confronting the idolisation of private property”, former Green Party leader Rev Trevor Sargent has s(...)

Pupils from Scoil Úna Naofa in Crumlin preparing for their performance in the National Youth Orchestra festival. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

There was no money in our house for music lessons when I was a kid. Yes, I know, get your tiny violins out and play a symphony for me. I do seem to r(...)

The bottom line from the unseen agreement, said Sammy Wilson, was that Northern Ireland was going to be treated differently than the rest of the United Kingdom. Above, speaking  at the ‘Leave Means Rally’  in Bournemouth, England, last month. Photograph:  Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The initial DUP response to the proposed Brexit deal could be characterised as a play on a famous Bill Clinton election slogan, “It’s the union, stupi(...)

Martin McGuinness shortly after he was appointed minister for education in 1999. His comment about having been “on the run” “was not the kind of comment to instil confidence in the future”. Photograph: Ferran Paredes/Reuters

On a recent visit to New York, I fulfilled a long-held ambition to walk over the famous Brooklyn Bridge. The construction of this bridge was not witho(...)

Ray Bassett: It is time for the EU to ‘stop the insults’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former senior Irish diplomat Ray Bassett has warned that Ireland is on the “wrong track” in Brexit negotiations and says the European Union should sto(...)

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy said those who wish to see a united Ireland should be “open, imaginative and accommodating” in their approach to bringing it about. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Achieving a united Ireland could involve “transitional arrangements” short of unity that could include continued devolved government in Northern Irela(...)

The British and Irish governments have had to reassert their roles as co-guarantors of the Belfast Agreement, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has told the Iri(...)

Parents have been advised to keep children a safe distance from working lawnmowers after a number of youngsters were seriously injured while playing in gardens in recent weeks.

Parents have been advised to keep children a safe distance from working lawnmowers after a number of youngsters were seriously injured while playing i(...)