The Tipperary Peace Convention said Pope Francis had “been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths”. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Among the five nominees for the 2013 Tipperary Peace Prize, published today, is Pope Francis. He is already Time magazine Person of the Year, and The (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny holds a copy of the Constitution at the RHA in Dublin at the official launch of Fine Gael’s campaign for a Yes vote in the Seanad abolition referendum. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A hallmark of the focus on the Seanad during the referendum campaign was a clear recognition that it needed reform. The public by their vote recognise(...)

Stephanie Meehan with her children Oisín (8) and Cerys (2) Daly at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

President Michael D Higgins paid a special tribute to Stephanie Meehan during a reception for Priory Hall residents at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday.Ms(...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (centre) and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) attend the funeral of Father Alec Reid in  the Clonard Monastery in west Belfast today. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Hundreds of mourners from across Belfast have joined politicians and clergy of all denominations for the funeral of Fr Alec Reid, the quiet priest who(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin received the 2013 Vincentian Charism Award.

In the area of child protection the church in Ireland can rightly be proud of what has been achieved over the past 10 years. But more needs to be done(...)

The entrance to the former Magdalene laundry on Stanhope Street North in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

There have been further calls for an independent investigation into Ireland’s Magdalene laundries. The issue was raised at a meeting of the United Nat(...)

Peter O’Mahony, who founded the crowdfunding initiative Linked Finance

The first small business to receive a loan through Linked Finance’s crowdfunding initiative was a bakery. “We had to go looking for a butcher and a ca(...)

The Taoiseach announced that Dr Martin McAleese has agreed to oversee implementation of the agreement. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Priory Hall residents have agreed to accept the Government’s deal which will allow them to finally leave behind the unsafe apartments from which they (...)

David Trimble and Seamus Mallon pictured with Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU at the Helix, DCU this afternoon. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Northern Ireland’s former Deputy First Minister Séamus Mallon has criticised the current Stormont Executive.“Every single important issue that has cro(...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

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