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Former Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady  turns 80 today. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Ireland would have no vote if there was a papal election tomorrow as the Catholic Church’s only Irish-based cardinal, former primate Cardinal Seán Bra(...)

Sinn Féin president  Gerry Adams, speaking to vice-president Martin McGuinness, at the party’s Ard Fheis. Photograph: Eric Luke

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland Cardinal Cahal Daly expressed concern to UK officials a quarter of a century ago that Gerry Adams had becom(...)

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast is to close after 185 years.

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast, which trained priests mainly for the Down and Connor diocese, is to close after 185 years. From September next its(...)

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(...)

Martin McGuinness at the  funeral of IRA man Larry Marley in 1987. Photograph: Pacemaker

Martin McGuinness threatened to hold a dead IRA man’s body for a week amid tensions over paramilitary shows of strength at funerals, state papers have(...)

Brendan Smyth: a review established that four Norbertines had sexually abused so many children that it concluded the figure was simply ‘not known’.

The last public Mass by a Norbertine priest in Ireland was celebrated on Sunday September 25th, 2016. As of that date all public ministry by the Norbe(...)

 A woman pays respects to Cardinal Connell at his funeral in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A remarkable feature of Cardinal Desmond Connell’s funeral last week was the scarcity of public representatives. It was such a “small” affair for some(...)

One of  many heavy machine guns that were in the hands of the IRA and were recovered by Northern Ireland  security forces. File photograph:   Paul Faith/PA Photo

Many people in Catholic west Belfast had become alienated from “normal civilised behaviour” in the late 1980s, Northern Ireland’s most senior civil se(...)

Three people sexually abused by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth want the Supreme Court to permit them to sue a Catholic Bishop here over the church’s alleged failure to act to prevent Smyth abusing children.

Three people sexually abused by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth want the Supreme Court to permit them to sue a Catholic Bishop here over the church’s (...)

The Court of Appeal has halted three actions for damages brought against a Catholic Bishop in a representative capacity over the church’s alleged failed to act to prevent paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth sexually abusing children. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

The Court of Appeal has halted three actions for damages brought against a Catholic Bishop in a representative capacity over the church’s alleged fail(...)

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