Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (centre) and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) attend the funeral of Father Alec Reid in  the Clonard Monastery in west Belfast today. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Hundreds of mourners from across Belfast have joined politicians and clergy of all denominations for the funeral of Fr Alec Reid, the quiet priest who(...)

Fr Alec Reid: politicians credit him with utter trustworthiness and a persistence that kept the fragile peace process going.  Photograph: EPA

Alexander (Alec) Reid was born in 1931 in Dublin and raised in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, from where his mother hailed. He was professed a Redemptorist in (...)

All 35,000 tickets for the weekend have been sold out, and it looks like festival-goers will be lucky with the weather.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Campsites at the Electric Picnic venue in Stradbally, Co Laois, will be open from 9am today, with surrounding roads expected to be busy. Gardaí have s(...)

Meg Harper, director of the Yeats Summer School, and author John Banville. Photograph: James Connolly

If WB Yeats was around today he would use YouTube and Twitter, the director of the International Yeats Summer School in Sligo suggested yesterday.Prof(...)

 President Michael D Higgins lays a wreath during the National Day of Commemoration Ceremony at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham yesterday.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Various strands of society came together in Dublin yesterday to honour the Irishmen and women who died in past wars and on duty with the United Nation(...)

A pagan people?

It was fitting that it should be reported yesterday, the feast of the birth of St John, that a substantial number of the Catholic bishops now believe (...)

The Rev Dr Heather Morris (left) with the Chief Justice Susan Denham, after a Michaelmas law term service at St Michan’s Church, Dublin, last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Rev Dr Heather Morris will be installed today as the first woman leader of one of the four main Christian churches in Ireland. She will take over (...)

Bishop Christopher Jones and Fr Timothy Bartlett representing the Catholic Church at the  Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children last January. Bishop Jones described the 1992 Supreme Court judgment on the X case as “morally unacceptable”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So the Catholic bishops have spoken on the heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013, published by the Government last week. S(...)

Pope Francis takes part in his inaugural mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Rome’s St Peter’s Square for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis this morning which he concelebrated(...)

Philip Larraghy Evangelical convert to the  Church of Ireland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘Okay, what colour was Jesus?” asks Anwar, a young man in a kufi cap standing outside the GPO on O’Connell Street, in Dublin, where he is manni(...)

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