Former president Mary McAleese has emphasised the primacy of conscience. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Catholic Church in Ireland, in which I am pleased to serve on my local parish pastoral council, has been arrogant in relation to its members and t(...)

Becky Gray (10), Zheng-Jun Wang (9), Lizzie Cunningham (9), Charlie Lonergan (11) and Molly Garvey (9) from Holycross National School, Dundrum after giving their views on Monday Nights Leaders Debate. Photograph: Enda O'Dowd / The Irish Times

It is old news that 96 per cent of taxpayer-funded primary schools in Ireland are permitted by law to turn away a child on the basis of religion. Stor(...)

At present, 30 minutes of each primary school day is allocated to religious education - twice the amount of time devoted to subjects such as science or physical education. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is to remove a 50-year old official rule which gives religion classes a privileged status, paving the way for a (...)

The mural by Irish artist Joe Caslin on the side of a building on Dublin’s South Great George’s Street. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Tens of thousands of Christian immigrants who have become Irish citizens are being mobilised across the Republic to vote down a historic move to legal(...)

Catholic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran: was one of the original signatories. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A cross-denominational religious group campaigning for a No vote in the same-sex marriage referendum has distributed 20,000 pamphlets to over 100 chur(...)

‘The Judeo-Christian faith always taught that marriage was initiated by God at creation (Gen 1:27, 28).’ Photograph: Getty Images

On May 22nd people will be asked to add to the Constitution’s article on the family: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons(...)

‘We  have small groups for students and kids. We’re convinced that weekly small groups in a parish is the way forward for the whole Catholic Church.’ Photograph: Getty Images

I have worked as a Catholic lay leader involved in renewal and reconciliation in Ireland for more than 41 years. Recently I’ve seen so many faithful C(...)