A Nimby (Not In My Back Yard) may be pro-development, but not in their neighbourhood

The Absorption Rate is the rate at which builders supply the market in order to maintain selling prices without flooding the market and causing prices(...)

Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Margaret Thatcher told Peter Mandelson “you can’t trust the Irish; they’re all liars”. That was a bit harsh, maybe. But we’re certainly not above the (...)

The encyclical provoked a ferocious reaction among millions of practising Catholics.

Fifty years ago this week, former government minister Mary O’Rourke was a teacher in Athlone while studying for a H Dip in Maynooth as Pope Paul VI pu(...)

The RTÉ campus in Donnybrook: some 8.64 acres of the national broadcaster’s grounds are to be sold off for housing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Has anyone considered locating the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) at RTÉ? Space is now available there. It was not last November when the curre(...)

St Vincent’s hospital in Elm Park, Dublin, was officially opened on November 27th, 1970. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On November 27th, 1970, from the opening of the new St Vincent’s hospital at Elm Park in south Dublin, this newspaper reported that the then Catholic (...)

Fine Gael’s Leo Varadkar: has warned there might be “significant merit” in seizing the Catholic Church’s hospital and school property, but warned that the practical barriers were overwhelming. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

To Claire Byrne Live for a discussion on the Catholic Church’s place in Irish society. Colm O’Gorman, executive director of Amnesty, and David Quinn, (...)

“The absence of appropriate sexual education left women unequipped for the vagaries of reproduction” - Rhona Mahony. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

As the shots fired and almost 500 people died, babies continued to be born during the Rebellion of Easter 1916. This generation of babies would see th(...)

Archbishop of Dublin John Charles McQuaid: at the end of the second Vatican Council, he said: “You may have been worried by talk of changes to come. Allow me to reassure you: no change will worry the tranquillity of your Christian lives.”

The second Vatican Council closed 50 years ago this year, having begun in October 1962. One of the major changes it ushered in was the saying of the M(...)

‘Seán MacBride  had sent an even more obsequious letter to archbishop McQuaid on his own election to the Dáil.’

It is difficult to believe how much the religious atmosphere of Ireland has changed over the lifetime of many of us. Life itself, of course, has chang(...)

Generous convictions: Victor Griffin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dean Victor Griffin grows old in body but not in spirit. It becomes a man whom many see as the great dean of the 20th century. He had been at St Patri(...)

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