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Pope Francis shaking hands with Br Kevin Crowley at the Capuchin Day Centre on Bow Street in Dublin, as part of his visit to Ireland last month. Photograph: Maxwell Photography/PA Wire

My father died when I was five. Yet I found myself thinking of him often during the visit of Pope Francis. He once told me: “Those who like you from t(...)

Pope Francis is not really interested in institutionalism but, rather, in authentic love for all people. Photograph: Reuters

When Pope Francis arrived in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families (WmoF), he landed in the midst of intense controversy over clerical abuse and s(...)

Presidential candidate Gemma O’Doherty: said she had “a constitutional right to my good name”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Presidential hopeful Gemma O’Doherty clashed with members of Clare County Council on Friday over her claims that there was State collusion in the murd(...)

Peter Casey (60) on the set of ‘Dragons’ Den’, RTÉ

According to the latest opinion poll and the received political wisdom, Michael D Higgins is as good as a certainty to be re-elected as president. T(...)

 Under current plans the date of the inauguration on November 11th clashes with the centenary anniversary of Armistice Day, the ending of World War One.   Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government has said it is constitutionally bound to hold the Presidential inauguration on the centenary of the Armistice. On Tuesday, Minister f(...)

Pope Francis waves as he leaves after attending the Festival of Families at Croke Park during his visit to Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Martin Taylor is among a large group of volunteers who have been recruited to circle the pitch in Croke Park waving flags from around the world as an (...)

 Pope Francis shakes hands with Katherine Zappone, Minister  for Children and Youth Affairs, at a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin  in Dublin. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The pope and the Minister for Children clasped hands beneath the portico. As greetings go, this one went on far longer than protocol might require. Wh(...)

  Pope Francis is greeted on arrival at Dublin Castle by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Julien Behal

The time has come to build a “new” and “more mature” relationship between the Catholic Church and the Irish State - “a new covenant for the 21st centu(...)

Journalist Ursula Halligan spoke before the performance of the  ‘Rainbow Choir’, made up of LGBTI singers who gathered outside the World Meeting of Families at the RDS on Thursday, to sing in protest at the exclusion of LGBTI people and their families from the event. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Former TV3 political correspondent Ursula Halligan has called on the Catholic Church to ditch its language about gay people being “intrinsically disor(...)

Mary McAleese: Irish people are adapting to ‘cultural Catholicism’

When Carol Lennon opens her door to Mary McAleese, her dog becomes too enthusiastic as it joins the welcome. “He’s assassinating the President!” Carol(...)

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