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Ken Curtin of the Social Democrats was told  by the administrator of St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh he was being removed from the Mass reader rota because of his party’s support for removing the Eighth Amendment on abortion, which gives equal rights to the mother and unborn child. File photograph: Socialdemocrats.ie

A Social Democrats election candidate who was dropped as a Mass reader at a Co Cork church because of the party’s support for repealing the Eighth Ame(...)

  Fr Tony Flannery: “Anything remotely to do with the church, I am persona non grata.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An Irish priest censured by the Vatican has cast doubts that his future or the futures of other clerics in his situation will improve following last w(...)

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin recalled how “when I visited the family home in Derry of those who lost their lives at Buncrana pier on Sunday, I could see first hand the merciful outreach of the local priest and community at a time of unspeakable pain and loss”.

When the priest who officiated at the funerals today of those five people who died in last Sunday’s Buncrana calamity first heard the news he “said a (...)

A covering letter with the letter of complaint complained about the “dissident priest” [Fr Tony Flannery, pictured] being let loose on Killeagh-Inch parish, according to Fr Timothy Hazelwood. File photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

The chain of events that led to the banning of Fr Tony Flannery from speaking at an event in the Cloyne diocese last September began when a self-appoi(...)

President Michael D Higgins speaking with Thomas Kent’s nieces Kathleen Kent and Prudence Riordan and his grandnephew Michael Riordan, after Kent’s State funeral. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland needs people who believe in their community, their country and in putting others before themselves, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told mourners at the (...)

Portrait of Rising rebel Thomas Kent.

The remains of Thomas Kent will be brought to St Michael’s Garrison Church in Collins Barracks at 3.45pm today. About 80 members of the Kent family - (...)

Bishop of Cloyne William Crean. File photograph: Catholic Communications Office/PA Wire

The child protection officer in Cloyne diocese has resigned, in a dispute with Bishop of Cloyne William Crean. Bill Meagher, who held the position, d(...)

Fr Tony Flannery: “To find an Irish bishop extending the notion of ‘silencing’ to a talk in a community hall is very disappointing.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A move by Bishop of Cloyne William Crean to prevent outspoken priest Fr Tony Flannery from giving a talk in his diocese was “surprising and depressing(...)

A talk to be given at a community centre in Cloyne diocese   by Fr Tony Flannery (above), who holds liberal views on women priests, homosexuality and contraception,  has been cancelled. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A talk to be given by Fr Tony Flannery at a community centre in Cloyne diocese has been cancelled by order of Bishop William Crean. It’s understood t(...)

Bishop William Crean of the Diocese of Cloyne in Co Cork paid tribute to the Irish Naval Service for its efforts to rescue  refugees in the Mediterranean. Photograph: PA

The deaths of so many migrants in the Mediterranean is reminiscent of the Irish experience of coffin ships during the Great Famine, according to an Ir(...)

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