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In an update on Thursday the OPW said the gate restoration project at the Phoenix Park is now at the stage where no further works can take place without closing the Ashtown and Castleknock gates. File photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

The gates of Dublin’s Phoenix Park at Ashtown and Castleknock will be closed for a number of days next week and the week after in order to facilitate (...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon delivers a speech   at the World Climate Change Conference: he said  that he was confident an ambitious agreement could be reached. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

World leaders, including UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon and Pope Francis, have made emotive pleas to the almost 200 countries involved in the globa(...)

The image of a punitive, judgemental God must be turned head over heels, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The image of a punitive, judgemental God must be turned head over heels, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said.“Many of us grew u(...)