The research carried out by Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly identified seven key areas of unionist concern.

Loss of identity and land, nationalist “triumphalism” and renewed violence are among the fears unionists hold about the prospect of a united Ireland, (...)

‘The churches are entitled to apply their own rules and to minister to their flocks as they see fit.’ File photograph: Getty

At the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Belfast last week, former Moderator Norman Hamilton said historic biblical values were no longer(...)

The Presbyterian Church is in favour of retaining the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Frank Miller / THE IRISH TIMES

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has called for retention of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which recognises the equal right to life of m(...)

Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson says unrestricted access to abortion in the first 12 weeks is “not an ethical position we can accept”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Church of Ireland’s two archbishops have said they cannot accept an Oireachtas Committee proposal to allow unrestricted abortion during the first (...)

Rabbi Zalman Lent,  and Dr Ali Selim. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It is highly unlikely Ireland’s Catholic and Protestant churches or its other faiths will take an active part in political campaigning leading up to t(...)

 Rev Norman Hamilton: “There is deep disillusionment with the vanishing hope devolution produced.” File photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

With a question mark still hanging over the restoration of the powersharing Executive in Northern Ireland and an end to a unionist majority in the rec(...)

Presbyterian notes

The Moderator, Rt Rev. Dr Frank Sellar is currently visiting congregations in the Dublin and Munster Presbytery. On Sunday, October 16th, Dr Sellar wa(...)

Labour Senator and right-to-choose campaigner Ivana Bacik said the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission should consider taking a case to the High Court in Dublin in the light of the ruling on abortion in Belfast.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

It is “entirely possible” a case asserting the Republic’s abortion regime breached women’s human rights would be taken here, the executive di(...)

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell: Dolores Kelly said he came through May’s election campaign with ‘dignity and forbearance’. Photograph: Alan Betson.

SDLP deputy leader Dolores Kelly has predicted that the “DUP-Sinn Féin junta” will cobble a deal together next week to “get them to the May election”(...)

Bert and Ernie on the “Support Gay Marriage” cake. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan.

There is a well known legal phrase in Latin, “De Minimis non curat lex”, which means the law does not concern itself with trifles. So, why did it conc(...)

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