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The Bishops acknowledged the “anger and dismay” of people in response to reports of widespread clerical sex abuse of children. Photograph: iStock

The provision against blasphemy in the Irish Constitution is “largely obsolete”, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has said ahead of a referendum(...)

President Michael D  Higgins at Tallaght Stadium. Higgins’s supporters said he would formally launch his campaign on Wednesday.  Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

President Michael D Higgins will not take part in the first presidential election debate this week as he is “constrained” by pre-existing diary commit(...)

Gardaí in front of a house in Dublin city centre where activists were removed by a private security firm on foot of a court order last week. Photograph: Jack Power

Comments by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan in support of legislation against photographing and filming gardaí have been widely criticised by op(...)

NTPF chief executive Liam Sloyan said it may start looking at addressing the outpatient list once the inpatient list is brought under control. Photograph: Eric Luke

Public patients who have been waiting years for hospital outpatient appointments may be seen privately as early as next year. The National Treatment(...)

Former NI first minister Peter Robinson told   the MacGill Summer School in Glenties that the Republic’s relationship with the North  will never be the same again after Brexit. Photograph: North West Nespix

Former Northern Ireland first minister Peter Robinson believes the North should prepare for the possibility of a united Ireland. Speaking at the MacG(...)

MacGill Summer School’s founder and director Joe Mulholland plans to recruit a young researcher to help him recruit a wider variety of speakers. Photograph: Eric Luke

A joke has been doing the rounds in recent weeks that across the country prominent women were afraid to answer the phone in case it was the organiser (...)

The Government must move to reduce legal aid payments and Garda overtime rates, a series of expenditure reports warn. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Policing operations and the justice system will come under significant pressure in the years ahead unless the Government moves to reduce legal aid pay(...)

The gun fell out of the boot of a Garda SUV in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Garda Ombudsman’s Office has begun an investigation into how an armed Garda unit lost a sub-machine gun and its ammunition in traffic in Dublin. (...)

The Garda inspectorate proposed civilians should be eligible to apply to join the force as inspectors, becoming sworn police officers in the process. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Police officers from other countries, including outside the European Union, should be allowed to apply for Garda jobs across all ranks, the Government(...)

The Hibernian Metropolis by Senan Moloney

While he was holed up inside during the snow a few months ago, Senan Molony came up with a cunning plan, born of boredom. Among the more arcane side i(...)

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