Two applications for leave to bring petitions challenging the result of the Same-sex Marriage Referendum will come before the High Court on Friday. File photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Two separate applications for leave to bring petitions challenging the result of the referendum clearing the way for same-sex marriage here will come (...)

 Archbishop Eamon Martin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said the Catholic Church felt a sense of “bereavement” following the result of the same-sex marriage refe(...)

 We need to pray for a similar kind of Pentecost for the church, so that the beauty of its concerns and message may come alight again for its own faithful. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

In the wake of the recent referendum on same-sex marriage, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin agreed with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar in describing what (...)

 Archbishop Eamon Martin: The Catholic Church was “not here to impose, but to invite people to a personal relationship with Jesus which, in turn, calls them to conversion and change in their lives.”  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has welcomed the raised awareness of issues faced by gay people that was brought about by the debate surro(...)

‘In a referendum that asked young people to believe in themselves and their abilities, they did what was ingrained into them – and stayed quiet.’ Above, people sort votes at a count centre in Dublin following voting last week. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

Last week, youth across Ireland helped bring home a resounding victory which was a long time coming on marriage equality. Let’s not stop here. Let’s k(...)

When the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, called the result of last weekend’s referendum a “defeat for humanity”, were we looking (...)

Thousands of people celebrate in Dublin Castle Square as the result of the referendum is relayed on May 23rd. Voters in the Republic of Ireland were taking part in a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The glorious positives from the resounding Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum should not distract from the fact that the campaign was at tim(...)

‘Slowly, but surely, we have been chipping away at what former President Mary McAleese succinctly describes as “the architecture of homophobia”.’  Mary McAleese, who was speaking at a Belong To Yes event, with Dr Martin McAleese, Ciara Sheehan and Nathan Beatty, (right). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Last weekend will go down in Irish history. We did far more than just extend marriage to same sex couples – we changed forever what it means to grow u(...)

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin called the result of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage a “disaster for humanity”. Photograph: Getty

On the morning after Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, called the result of last weekend’s referendum a “disaster for humanity”, th(...)

The cross-over between the campaign for marriage equality and the campaign for abortion rights. Why is one winning and the other losing?

As we sat there in the dark theatre in Dublin’s Liberty Hall, they were counting the votes in the referendum on same-sex marriage down the road in the(...)