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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin greeting Mass goers in Dublin. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Major change is imminent in the leadership of the Catholic Church in Ireland as bishops in some of its most significant dioceses approach the mandator(...)

Audrey Elliott with the     Mayo football jersey signed by Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock, Co Mayo, which she hopes will lift the Mayo ‘curse’ so the team can win an All-Ireland title.  Photograph:   Cate McCurry/PA

When Pope Francis flew into the west of Ireland on Sunday morning, he may have felt there was a “lot done, more to do”. During his 90 minutes in east(...)

Pope John Paul II in Galway in 1979. Photograph: The Irish Times

When Pope Francis flies into Ireland West Airport for his brief visit to Knock shrine on Sunday week, he will have to atone for past sins, not least (...)

Supt Tom Calvey, Fr Richard Gibbons and Brenda Drumm in Knock, Co Mayo for a media briefing before the papal visit. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland later this month could be the catalyst for the renewal of the Catholic Church in Ireland, according to the parish prie(...)

 Pilgrims make their way up the rugged slopes of Croagh Patrick at sunrise. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Mountain rescue workers on Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo have had a busy day this Reek Sunday, with several people treated for injuries, including a man w(...)

Prof Shane Higgins has a broad range of clinical and management experience gained within Ireland, Scotland and Australia.

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Prof Shane Higgins has been appointed master of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Dublin. He succee(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Along with many others, he has lacked the will, the skill, the ruthlessness and the vision to create a national health system that starts with the patient. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

“Culture change” is a phrase politicians like – a quick search suggests that it has been used 144 times in the Oireachtas in recent years. The Taoisea(...)

The Sin Eaters leans towards ‘a sense of female oppression, kept artificially vague’. Photograph: Graham Cooper

The Sin Eaters Pigeon House Lab ★★★ “Do you think places hold memories?” asks a young woman, with grim determination, early in The Sin Eaters. It ha(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was one of the senior figures from the Catholic Church to attend a two-hour meeting with the Taoiseach and Ministers on Thursday. Photograph: Johm McElroy

Representatives of the Catholic Church urged the Government to reconsider plans to hold a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Constitutio(...)

The Reek Sunday pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

A clash between religion and GAA fervour on national pilgrimage day to Croagh Patrick yesterday produced what was accepted on all sides as an honourab(...)

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