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The statue was damaged in June.

The Archbishop of Cashel Kieran O’Reilly has repeated his appeal for information which might lead to recovery of the head removed from a statue of a p(...)

Senator David Norris: ‘What has happened in Northern Ireland is quite extraordinary. The tail is wagging the dog.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government must revisit laws which allow churches discriminate against people, Senator David Norris has said. The recent removal of an organist (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘the Christian of every generation is called to be awake and attentive to where society is slipping into wrong ways.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has voiced his horror at “the emergence of a new language of racism” in Ireland after it became an i(...)

There are other issues which haven’t been fully ventilated. Mr Justice Sean Ryan alluded to one of these when saying that religious congregations may complain about “a barrage of criticism on the basis of unproven or extravagant or extreme . . . allegations” which may be contained within the records but did not feature in the commission’s final report in 2009. Photograph: AP

From rural Ireland, Tomás has spent most of his turbulent life abroad. The detritus left behind included intermittent employment, a failed marriage, e(...)

Abuse survivor Marie Collins says of the Murphy report, published 10 years ago today: “Ordinary Catholics who had felt their church was under an unjustified attack were shown that victims were telling the truth which changed the the attitude to clerical abuse in this country.” Photograph: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi .

The publication of the Murphy Report  10 years ago today felt like “a huge turning point” as “it cut through the denials of the Catholic Chu(...)

Pope Francis at the celebration for 2018 Festival of Families, at Croke Park, Dublin. Media coverage of clerical abuse  and the publicity leading up to the visit impacted those abused as children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Publicity surrounding the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland last year for the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) led to an increase in the number of abus(...)

Justice Seán Ryan said ‘it appears that the total given in the report was derived by adding the yearly figures for the population in the institutions but that did not take account of the fact that children were counted in each year of detention’. Photograph: Peter Morrison/AP

New figures indicate that the number of children who went through institutions investigated by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse is about a q(...)

Chancellor-elect of Trinity College Dublin, former president Prof Mary McAleese, with husband, Chancellor of Dublin City University Dr Martin McAleese, who both attended Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday night. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Former president Mary McAleese has called for the abandonment of old thinking about a united Ireland at an event in Dublin. “We really, really have t(...)

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the official launch of the  national programme to mark  the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland as a state church, in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The leader of Anglicans worldwide, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, has said he hopes the emergence of conservative Anglican body Global Anglica(...)

Annie West has condemned “a recent instruction” from rector Isaac Hanna that as soon as the organist  is married he is no longer welcome at Drumcliffe or Munninane churches.

A former Church of Ireland warden at Drumcliffe, Co Sligo, has written an open letter to the rector and local bishop there protesting at the recent re(...)

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