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November 2004: Pope John Paul II meets former minister for foreign affairs Dermot Ahern, in his private library at the Vatican.  Photograph: Giampiero Sposito/AP Photo

The year 2004 was a significant one in the long, tortured annals of the clerical child sex-abuse scandal in Ireland. Particularly significant was the (...)

Site of the former Magdalen Laundry on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What do we do with Ireland’s institutional history? After the reports are issued, and the apologies made, how should Irish society and culture incorpo(...)

“Don’t make unnecessary journeys.” – Teresa Mannion, RTÉ

“I recognise no partition. I recognise it as no crime to be in my own country. I would be ashamed of my own name and my murdered husband’s name if I d(...)

Think we’ve missed any important quotes? Let us know by submitting your suggestions here and we will publish a selection of the best 1(...)

Engineers at the site of a mass grave  at the former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. ‘It is not just the disposal of remains in a disused waste facility that stuns the heart.’ Photograph: EPA/Aidan Crawley

Anyone who enjoys ramble around old Irish cemeteries will recognise them. Fine edifices of marble and granite, rendering glory to the mortal remains o(...)

“The truth is industrial and reformatory schools, Magdalene laundries, orphanages, special needs schools, and mother and baby homes are all interlinked and were the State’s response to welfare in Ireland for most of the 20th century.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On hearing the reports in the media about the discovery of a mass grave at the site of the once mother and baby home in Tuam, it nearly feels as thoug(...)

 Cardinal Desmond Connell  had no truck with what he considered unqualified people speaking about religion. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In his marvellously acerbic memoir Against The Tide, published in 1986, former minister for health Dr Noël Browne describes an encounter with the Cath(...)

Floral tributes  at the scene of the fire at a halting site in  Carrickmines, Co Dublin in which 10 members of two Traveller families died. Photograph: Eric Luke

There are few more unique experiences to be had in Ireland than a visit to the annual Ballinasloe Horse Fair. It is well known as one of the oldest ho(...)

The remains of Cardinal Desmond Connell are received at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Irish ecumenical history was made on Thursday night when the remains of Cardinal Desmond Connell were received at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, by (...)

David Waddell (left), husband of the late Mary Raftery and chairman of the Mary Raferty Journalism Fund, with Kevin O’Sullivan, editor of The Irish Times. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

A bursary and traineeship in investigative journalism has been set up by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund in collaboration with The Irish Times. The (...)

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