Brian Lenihan, Eileen Lemass, Charles Haughey and Gerry Collins at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

It was not so much the reopening of Stepaside Garda station that suggested “stroke politics” – it was the unsubtle banners that festooned the constit(...)

Columba Press went into liquidation earlier this year: for three decades it did more than its bit

There was a book launch. I have forgotten the names of both book and author, but clearly remember it was attended by the late, great Seán Mac Réamoinn(...)

Pope Francis attends the synod on the family at St Peter’s basilica in the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/AFP/Getty Images

The climate was one of no change on yesterday’s opening day of the Vatican’s Synod on the Family. Lest anyone be under the illusion that this s(...)

President Mary McAleese: “The Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality is simply wrong”

Former president Mary McAleese has ridiculed the concept of 300 elderly celibates coming together to discuss family questions. Addressing a meeting o(...)

On the eve of the Synod on the Family, the Holy See was rocked on Saturday morning by the public coming out of 43-year-old Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, a senior official at the Vatican’s Congregation For the Doctrine Of The Faith (CDF), ex-Holy Office. File photograph: Osservatore Romano

On the eve of the Catholic’s Church’s Synod on the Family, the Holy See was rocked on Saturday by the public coming out of 43-year-old Monsignor Krzys(...)