In October 1920, the bishops trenchantly condemned the Black and Tans. Photograph: iStock

Commentary on War of Independence events has made little reference to the stance of the Catholic Church then. There remains an impression that it was,(...)

Historian Catherine Corless with a list of children missing from the Mother and Baby Home run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam. Photograph: Peter Nicholls

Four years after the painstaking research of Catherine Corless on the Tuam Mother and Baby Home received extensive national and international attentio(...)

Tom Gilmartin: described by his family as “a truly honest, honourable and courageous man”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tom Gilmartin, whose evidence to the tribunal of inquiry into corruption in the planning process was damaging to some senior politicians has died. Mr (...)

Archbishop John Charles McQuaid with then taoiseach John A Costello and (standing behind) Costello’s ADC, Mick Byrne. Costello told the Dáil: “I, as a Catholic, obey my church authorities and will continue to do so . . . There will be no flouting of the authority of the bishops in the matter of Catholic social or moral teaching.”

The preoccupations of the Irish Catholic hierarchy in the early years of the State were the twin and related evils of company-keeping and danci(...)