The year 1984 became notorious for a number of stories involving women, pregnancy outside marriage, and their treatment by society, church and State(...)

Pope Francis meeting President Michael D Higgins at the Vatican last May: The Catholic Church came late to the awareness of the value of Church-State separation and the autonomy of the secular. Photograph: PA Wire

Is it time to reboot the relationship between religious believers and atheists? Recent years have been characterised by noisy and often self-defeating(...)

US Democratic vice presidential candidate senator Tim Kaine with US Democratic presidential candidate  Hillary Clinton. Photograph:  Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

US Democratic vice presidential candidate senator Tim Kaine has never been shy about proclaiming his Longford and Kilkenny roots but a leading geneal(...)

On a high: Alison Peate, Rachel Finn and Emma Cahalane celebrate their Leaving Cert results at Christ King school, Cork last week. Photograph: Darragh Kane

It was a case of one last sleepless night for Emma Whelan of St Dominic’s College in Ballyfermot, Dublin, as she waited to find out whether she had ac(...)