Kevin Doran

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Statue of Fr Edward Flanagan donated by the Boys Town National Alumni Association Nebraska USA. It stands in the grounds of the Fr Edward Flanaghan Memorial Centre in Ballymoe in Co Galway. Photograph: David Sleator

We often talk about the negative effects of emigration on the life of rural communities. There is another side to the story, however. Our emigrants ha(...)

Delegates at the Pro Life Campaign’s National Conference 2017 which took place on Sunday, December in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Any referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment will inevitably lead to abortion on demand in the Republic even if the wording is restrictive, a anti(...)

Prof Gerry Whyte from TCD. Photograph: Alan Betson

Repealing the Eighth Amendment will not take the Republic back to the constitutional position on abortion that existed prior to its enactment in 1983,(...)

It  is wrong to describe a fertilised ovum as a human being. It is a biological reaction. It has no head, no heart, no spine, no consciousness.

It is time we talked about the embryo. Calmly, seriously, rationally. Last week it emerged that scientists at Oregon Health and Science University h(...)

Bishop Kevin Doran: said that he had not been talking about the proposed new National Maternity Hospital at St Vincent’s in Dublin when he spoke to the Sunday Times, but, rather, had spoken “in general terms”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bishop Kevin Doran may have been speaking “in general terms” last Sunday about healthcare provision in Catholic-run institutions, but he accurately re(...)

‘The most intriguing thing about the  row was that it all played out in the medium preferred by teenagers and 20 somethings - phone messaging’

The most intriguing thing about the huge row that erupted between the most senior figures in the National Maternity Hospital is that it was all played(...)

 Bishop Kevin Doran (left) said he did not specifically mention the National Maternity Hospital in his comments to the Sunday Times newspaper. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Catholic Bishop of Elphin has clarified comments attributed to him in a weekend newspaper article about the patronage of the new National Maternit(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said he would no longer send seminarians to Maynooth because of ‘strange goings-on’ at the college. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fourteen of the 26 Catholic diocesan bishops in Ireland have so far indicated they will continue to send seminarians to Maynooth, with some saying the(...)

Scenes at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Mountbellew, Co Galway. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Massive numbers have been attending St Patrick’s Day festivities around Ireland, helped along by sunshine and relatively excellent weather in many par(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said this week that she planned to repeal “rule 68”, which states that religious instruction is “by far the most important part” of the school curriculum. Photograph: Eric Luke

It has not been a good week for the bishops. As they see it the State is insinuating itself into areas of ethos as stealthily as the Shannon has into (...)

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