Pope Francis, flanked by Vatican spokesperson Greg Burke, listens to a journalist’s question during a press conference aboard of the flight to Rome at the end of his two-day visit to Ireland. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo/Pool

On May 18th, 1998, 20 years ago, there was a special service at St Andrew’s Church on Dublin’s Westland Row for those who had suffered abuse by priest(...)

In 2011, Ian Elliott and his team began reviews of child safeguarding in all Ireland’s 26 Catholic dioceses and at all of its religious congregations. File photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Vatican could learn from how the Irish Catholic Church has addressed the clerical child sex abuse issue in parishes, dioceses and religious congre(...)

 Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he has no further information on contacts between the Vatican and then president Mary McAleese and then (...)

Then president Mary McAleese meets with Pope Benedict  in the Vatican in 2005. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Concordats were very much in the air when then president of Ireland Mary McAleese met then Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Angelo Sodano on Novemb(...)

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(...)

Pope Francis and  Cardinal Kevin Farrell. Photograph: diocese of Dallas

Cardinal Kevin Farrell (70) is the most senior Irishman at the Vatican and one of two brothers serving there. His older brother Bishop Brian Farrell (...)

Al Porter: Resigned last November from Today FM where he had presented a lunchtime show.  Photograph: Brian McEvoy

A Catholic bishop has called for “balance, proper proportion and fair play” so that comedian Al Porter “may feel free and welcome to make us laugh aga(...)

Former president Mary McAleese taking wine after receiving Communion at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, in 1997. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese has been appointed among the first ever honorary lay ecumenical canons at the Church of Ireland’s Christ Chu(...)

Peter Boylan: “It was untenable for me to remain on the board, when it is blind to the consequences of transferring 100 per cent ownership of the hospital to the Sisters of Charity, and deaf to the voices of the people.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

He hasn’t slept for a week but, sitting at home on Thursday in his open-plan kitchen, Dr Peter Boylan projects the same aura of calm and assurance tha(...)

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(...)

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