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 Mary McAleese at the Gaze LGBTQ film festival with her husband Martin McAleese, their son Jason and Gaze director Sarah Williams. Photograph: James Forde

Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese has expressed hope that Pope Francis will change the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality as he has d(...)

Those who had suffered “really do need to be included in some way”, Mary McAleese said. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Pope Francis should not only meet survivors of clerical child sexual abuse on his visit to Ireland but “he also has to address what he plans to do for(...)

Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese speaks in DCU at the book launch of the book The Pope Francis Agenda by Donal Dorr. Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times.

The abuse scandals in the Catholic Church were now entering “an even more disrupting chapter,” former president Mary McAleese has said. She quoted ve(...)

Gay rights campaigner Justin McAleese aid he had a “huge problem” with the level of leadership in the Catholic Church. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Faith-based objections have no place in the secular same-sex marriage debate in Northern Ireland, the son of former president Mary McAleese said. It (...)

Fr Kevin Hegarty says ‘Humanae Vitae’ probably undermined the church’s authority in the long run. Photograph: iStock

The Catholic Church will continue to decline into irrelevance unless it changes its positions on female ordination, contraception and sexuality, a pri(...)

Noel Whelan has decided not to run in the presidential election. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Barrister and columnist Noel Whelan has ruled himself out of the presidential race after having spent months considering it. The former Fianna Fáil a(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s official reason for running a presidential candidate is that the Irish people deserve a choice – a stance given sting by the unvoiced fact(...)

Former president Mary McAleese: “The church can become an enormous power, a surging power, a tsunami of good in the world.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former president Mary McAleese has said she likes the fact that Pope Francis is “an argumentative pope.” She liked it that he encouraged debate within(...)

President Michael D Higgins studies an installation titled Inner Labyrinths by artist Caoimhe O’Dwyer during the preview of the NCAD Graduate Show 2016 on Thomas Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Michael D Higgins has always been our President. I remember him being President when I was a boy and my mother remembers him as President when she was(...)

President Michael D Higgins with two former presidents, Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson, at Áras an Uachtaráin in 2013. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Among all the talk this week about who will or will not contest a presidential election and whether parties will support them, very little has been sa(...)

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