Former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of state Peter Hain said he saw “no point in endlessly searching for evidence of crimes committed so many years ago”. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of state, Peter Hain, has been strongly criticised by Sinn Féin and the SDLP for saying that British so(...)

Vicar Andrew McCroskery of St. Bartholomew’s Church of Ireland in Ballsbridge, Dublin:  “Out of the blue we got a very short email from the council saying they were no longer pursuing action against us in relation to the clock and we could turn it back on.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

The historic bells of St Bartholomew’s Church in Ballsbridge are back in action – day and night – following the decisio(...)

Parents  claimed their son received unfair treatment as he was of Church of Ireland faith and a majority of other pupils were of the Catholic faith. Photograph: Getty/stock

Parents who complained of less-favourable treatment shown to their son by a Gaelscoil have been awarded €750 by the Equality Tribunal. T(...)

We’ve always worshipped the drink in this country, but Alltech founder Pearse Lyons is taking the concept to extremes with his new distillery and visi(...)

Pessimism is a normal default position for many commentators in reference to Northern Ireland. And it is no different when it comes to the combined efforts of Richard Haass and Meghan O’Sullivan to find a way forward on parades, flag-flying and how to contend with the Troubles legacy.

Pessimism is a normal default position for many commentators in reference to Northern Ireland. And it is no different when it comes to the combined ef(...)

The former president, Dr Mary McAleese, has criticised the Catholic Church for being in denial about homosexuality for decades, and has criticised pop(...)

Bare ruined choirs: a derelict Church of Ireland church in Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Church of Ireland – An Illustrated History begins with a number of essays. Those on architecture and stained glass by Michael O’Neill and David La(...)

The Haass talks enter a crucial make-or-break day today with negotiations beginning at 8am on three highly contentious areas which have thwarted th(...)

Generous convictions: Victor Griffin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dean Victor Griffin grows old in body but not in spirit. It becomes a man whom many see as the great dean of the 20th century. He had been at St Patri(...)

Fr Michael Drumm has responded to a query from The Irish Times following reports yesterday that Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan had called for an end to “religious discrimination in schools”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The vast majority of schools in Ireland, including Catholic schools, are not oversubscribed, Fr Michael Drumm, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Counc(...)

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