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The Ireland Pope Francis arrives in this morning is very different to that visited by Pope John Paul in 1979. Dublin too is very different to the city(...)

 Darren McGavin at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Ballyfermot. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Loreto Martin was the victim of a physical assault one day in 1998. It triggered flashbacks. As she lay on the floor, she remembers, she saw the face (...)

The choir of St John the Baptist Catholic church in Killeagh, Co Cork, which will  sing at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

At Mass in St Matthew’s church in Ballyfermot, Dublin, Fr Joe McDonald is criticising homophobia within the church. He jokes about people who have ask(...)

Fr Tony Coote, who has motor neuron disease. Photograph: Dave Meehan

At 9.30am on Tuesday, Fr Tony Coote (54) will set off from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, on a marathon fundraising journey that, all going well, will see h(...)

Pope Francis: seen by many as separate from the institution he leads, and which he himself struggles to reform. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

It is the story of a photograph: four cardinals, all Irish, and one president, Mary McAleese. The occasion was the elevation in 2007 of the then prima(...)

Father Malachy Finnegan: when he was at Stroud treatment centre for sex offenders he  was parish priest at Clonduff/Hilltown near Newry and president of the local GAA club, where he looked after the juvenile football teams

A former Catholic priest remembers Fr Malachy Finnegan when he was at the Stroud treatment centre for sex offenders in Gloucestershire, England. It wa(...)

Joanne Hayes at the Tralee inquiry in 1985. This week’s apology to  Hayes by An Garda Síochána coincided with the Dáil debate on the recommendation that the Eighth Amendment be repealed. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

“Ireland is changing mother Tell yourself, tell your sons” (from “Ireland is Changing Mother”, by Rita Ann Higgins, 2011) Women suspected of being(...)

The plot of Alfano’s ‘Risurrezione’ features a man who abuses a young girl. Photograph: Clive Barda

It’s hard not to be thinking of Harvey Weinstein these days. The wide-ranging accusations against the Hollywood mogul have galvanised public opinion a(...)

A boy whose skull was fractured when a van reversed over him while he was playing  has secured a €200,000 settlement of his High Court action.

A boy whose skull was fractured when a van reversed over him while he was playing near his home has secured a €200,000 settlement of his High Court ac(...)

The coffin of Billy McConville, son of IRA murder victim Jean McConville, is taken from St Paul’s Parish Church, Belfast following his funeral service. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

The findings of the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry must be implemented immediately, a priest has urged at the funeral of Billy McConvill(...)

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