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The Church of Ireland’s first woman deacon, Rev Katharine Poulton, was ordained to that role three years previously in June 1987. Photograph: iStock

The 30th anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Church of Ireland will be marked at its General Synod this week. The General(...)

Hannah Arendt: The political philosopher reminded us that “the sense by which we take our bearings in the real world – the category of truth versus falsehood – is being destroyed”.    Photograph: Apic/Getty Images

There was nothing conspicuously apocalyptic about the culture of the Weimar Republic that was the German state for almost 15 years after the conclusio(...)

Tui is the world’s largest tour operator. Photograph: iStock

Tui, the world’s largest tour operator, has received approval for a €1.8 billion loan to help it survive an almost total shutdown of its operations, i(...)

Archdeacon of Belfast George Davison (55) has been elected as bishop of Connor

The newly elected Church of Ireland bishop of Connor is Archdeacon of Belfast George Davison (55). He succeeds Bishop Alan Abernethy, who retired at t(...)

Outgoing Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Dr Richard Clarke expressed his gratitude to the diocese and others throughout the Church of Ireland for their support during his tenure as archbishop. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Dr Richard Clarke has retired from both positions. Last November, he had announced h(...)

Joint statement: The leaders of Ireland’s main churches (left to right) Rev Sam McGuffin, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Dr William Henry,  Dr Richard Clarke,  Rev Brian Anderson.

The leaders of Ireland’s main churches have urged the North’s political parties to “fully grasp” the opportunity to restore Northern Ireland’s devolve(...)

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Dr Richard Clarke has announced he intends to retire. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Dr Richard Clarke has announced he intends to retire from the positions in February.(...)

MPs at Westminister have passed a Bill stating that abortion will be decriminalised in Northern Ireland unless Stormont is restored by October 21st. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Church leaders have called on the political parties to reconvene the Stormont Assembly to prevent the introduction of abortion in Northern Ireland nex(...)

The first flight repatriating stranded Thomas Cook passengers from New York was due to arrive in Manchester at about 5pm Irish time. File photograph: PA Wire

The collapse of Thomas Cook spread chaos through the international travel industry on Monday as the failure of the 178-year-old travel company left hu(...)

In a future world individual identity will no longer be defined in terms of any usefulness to society. Photograph: iStock

A few weeks ago, my friend the geneticist David McConnell wrote a stimulating article in these pages on the supposed chasm between science and religio(...)

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