Cardinal Raymond Burke claimed that Covid-19 was being used “by certain forces, inimical to families and to the freedom of nations, to advance their evil agenda”.  Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Image

Irish-American Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Covid-19 vaccine sceptic, has confirmed he now has the virus. In the past year he has questioned the need fo(...)

Online Mass: The  designated devotional area increasingly became a designated liturgical one: attendance at Sunday Mass. This was the one time in the week into which a Catholic could plough his or her pious energies.

When future historians write the history of Irish Catholicism in the 21st century, the year 2020 will likely serve as a marker of profound religious c(...)

Reflecting on 2014 and what he might have done differently, Alan Shatter says he is ‘not sure what I could have done to change what happened’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘You have very few real friends in politics’. Former minister for justice says he will never fully get over circumstances that led to departure fro(...)

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother-and-baby home, Co Galway. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Dáil has approved controversial legislation that would transfer a database of 60,000 records created by a five-year State investigation into mothe(...)

New investment fund backers include U2’s Adam Clayton and The Edge. Seen here at work. Photograph: Tom Honan

Dublin-based private equity group VentureWave Capital has closed the first round of fundraising for a €100 million fund that will invest in technology(...)

Leo  Varadkar may give junior portfolios to some who will lose their Cabinet position. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens will appoint 20 ministers of state, known as junior ministers, if the coalition deal is ratified by their partie(...)

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny will be unveiled as ‘the voice’ of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s new national bereavement counselling service for those suffering loss. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Like most people who have spent a lifetime in politics, former taoiseach and Mayo TD Enda Kenny was no stranger to funerals and graveyards during a 45(...)

The 6000-seat venue will be built on the site of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery in Cork city centre. File photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for the €80 million, 6,000-seat event centre on the site of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery i(...)

Reforming the Seanad does pose difficulties, whatever is proposed, and it is doubtful if serious reform can be undertaken without another referendum. Photograph: Alan Betson

The closure of nominations from vocational bodies and the university panels for the forthcoming Seanad election has focused attention once more on the(...)

A dog awaits its master outside a polling station in Drumcondra: Many chose not to spend their Saturday evenings travelling to the local school or community centre to vote.   Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Voter turnout appears to be down on what was the first general election held on a Saturday in the history of the State. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called(...)

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