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 Artist Robert Ballagh rejected claims that his recent letter to The Irish Times on ‘outsiders’ in Irish arts management smacked of jingoism. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Robert Ballagh’s recent intervention in the debate over the funding of the Abbey Theatre was shot down by many commentators but the artist is not for (...)

“We are not natural protesters. We are a church choir,” said the director of Pobal Aifreann Dhún Laoghaire. Photograph: iStock

A lay Irish-language Mass group sang hymns outside a Catholic diocesan event in Dublin on Thursday evening in protest at what they claim is their excl(...)

Rev Mairisíne Stanfield (53) minister of First Presbyterian Church, Bangor in Co Down since 2013.

For the first time the Presbyterian Church in Ireland may be about to elect its first female Moderator, or principal public representative. Election(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, speaking at the World Meeting of Families in August 2018. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has expressed concern at “a growing polarisation within the Catholic Church and by certain groups (...)

Survivor of the Tuam mother-and-baby home Peter Mulryan lays flowers on the grounds. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The latest delay to the publication of the final report of the Mother and Baby Home Commission was made unavoidable days before Christmas when it rece(...)

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle during her visit to Dublin with Prince Harry in July, 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Irish roots of the UK’s Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, have been confirmed in records released today. They show that her great-great-great gra(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin  has attracted criticism from priests in Dublin with some believing he “sold out” on the issue of clerical sex abuse, Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery has said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has been accused of “abdicating his responsibility” as a moral leader in the run-up to the referendum t(...)

Marie Collins: ‘The church reaction is a mirror image of what we were hearing here in Ireland 30 years ago.’ File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

As the scandal of clerical child sex abuse emerges in other countries across the world the Catholic Church response in each has been exactly as it was(...)

One well-placed source warned:  “Get Dublin wrong and Diarmuid Martin’s formidable legacy will be set at nought. And rapidly.” Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Speculation that the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin is about to step down has intensified following a recent interview, which observers felt re(...)

Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation chairperson  Judge Yvonne Murphy. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation is to seek an extension of one year before publishing its final report, which was due next mont(...)

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