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Cardinal Séan O’Malley: “Catholics have lost patience with us, and civil society has lost confidence in us.” Photograph: Getty Images

The chair of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors has warned that “the clock is ticking” for the Catholic hierarchy when it comes to (...)

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader and former Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster said she would be away with her family at the time. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Arlene Foster has declined an invitation to an address by Pope Francis in Dublin later this month. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader and for(...)

A Plymouth Brethren chapel and congregation. A sort of urban Amish, they eschewed television, radio and cinema, in addition to observing the more familiar Old Testament strictures against drinking, dancing and licentiousness.

When I lived in Portadown, my town centre neighbourhood was home to a Plymouth Brethren congregation. A sort of urban Amish, they eschewed television(...)

Arlene Foster: The DUP leader has said Northern Ireland can’t continue in a “decision-making limbo” but there seems to be no  immediate prospect of a political breakthrough, Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

“It can’t go on like this,” a Stormont civil servant moaned to The Irish Times. The public just don’t seem to have got the fact that Northern Ireland (...)

 Róisín Upton, Kathryn Mullan, Ayeisha McFerran, Anna O’Flanagan, Grace O’Flanagan, Yvonne O’Byrne, Nicola Evans and Chloe Watkins of Ireland celebrate their victory during the semi-final game between Ireland and Spain of the Womens Hockey World Cup on Saturday. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Once more unto the breach - Ireland’s women’s hockey team go for gold in the World Cup final on Sunday in London. They face the seven times winners (...)

 Minister for Sport Shane Ross has been urged to  re-examine the funding of Irish hockey in the wake of this week’s success. Photograph: Sandra Mailer/Inpho

A civic reception will be held in Dublin on Monday for the Irish women’s hockey team after their historic silver medal in the World Cup. A special ev(...)

 DUP leader Arlene Foster said her party was ‘committed to securing a Brexit deal that provides a seamless, frictionless border with the Republic of Ireland’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP leader Arlene Foster has urged the UK’s Brexit negotiators to show “more mettle” and face down those who prophesise disaster for Northern Ireland (...)

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald:  these past few days she has been less than sure-footed on a key and highly sensitive issue. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

When “you’re explaining you’re losing” is a Ronald Reagan phrase Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald will be familiar with, and in recent days she h(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

The DUP leader Arlene Foster has insisted her party will not sign up for a standalone Irish language Act in any new set of negotiations aimed at resto(...)

Former first minister Peter Robinson addressing the MacGill Summer School. Photopgraph: North West Nespix

Peter Robinson’s comments about a united Ireland at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties on Friday annoyed and upset different strands of unionism, a(...)

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