Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a joint hearing  at the Rayburn House Office building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Wednesday. Photograph: Alastair Pike/AFP/Getty

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who has inspired a global movement for climate change, delivered a pointed message before a Congressional hearing on (...)

Video gaming: John Sharry’s advice to parents is to promote positive habits and set some rules. Photograph: E+/Getty

The Select Committee on Crime, Lawlessness and Vandalism has said there is an urgent need to prohibit the supply of video nasties, which have a damagi(...)

Article 17.2 of the Constitution provides that the Dáil shall not appropriate public money for any purpose unless the Government has first recommended that purpose to the Dáil by a Money Message signed by the Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s plan to get the Dáil to sit for an extra week in July to deal exclusively with legislation, is seen as a serious move on the (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the Select Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform

The Brexit vote will not affect Budget 2017 but its longer term effect on Ireland could be serious depending on what deal the UK agrees with the EU, (...)

 John Paul Phelan: the election of the chair will be the first to use the D’Hondt system, which allots chairs of committees in proportion to the size of the party or grouping. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Kilkenny Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan is tipped to be appointed chairman of the powerful new Dáil budgetary committee when it meets for first time to(...)

Church of Ireland primate Richard Clarke: US Episcopal church excluded from decision-making on doctrine or polity, but reports of ‘sanctions’ and ‘censures’ were  ‘cynical manipulation’ of facts, said the Archbishop.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Richard Clarke has dismissed some reports on the outcome of a meeting of Anglican Communion of Primates at Ca(...)

“Refraining from partaking in the petty squabbling among the committee, she appeared statesman-like, presidential even.”Photograph: Somodevilla/Getty Images

Two events in as many days have, to all intents and purposes, handed Hillary Clinton the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. The decision of Vice(...)

Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of the history of the Church at Oxford University: fell away from the church after being prevented from progressing beyond the post of deacon

Changing Attitude Ireland, a Church of Ireland group which promotes equality for LBGT people, has been invited to appear before the Church of Ireland (...)

The Church of Ireland Select Committee on Sexuality was criticised today for having no gay members. The 16- member Committee was set u(...)

The Rev Pat Storey has been elected Bishop of Meath and Kildare, the first woman bishop on these islands.

How to address her? “Your Grace”, seemed appropriate but that is reserved for archbishops, even if “grace” is hardly the first word that comes to mind(...)