The churches said ‘the trauma of homelessness and housing insecurity could be prevented’ if society is prepared to ensure ‘the economy serves the common good and respects and protects the dignity of all’. File photograph: PA

Sixteen Irish churches have called jointly on voters to pressure politicians over the State’s housing crisis. These include the Catholic Church, Chur(...)

Civility as a civic and political virtue goes a lot deeper than mere politeness and has been in rather short supply for the past three years in the politics of Britain and (with few exceptions) in the politics of Northern Ireland since 1921.  It will be interesting to see if the anti-civility pathogen has spread South with an end to the extended Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael handfasting and in the current general election campaign. Photograph: PA

‘Civility costs nothing and is easily carried’, my father used to say. He was talking about ordinary politeness in everyday life, at work, in company (...)

Malahide marina, Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What’s so good about it? If you’re hankering after a life near the coast, Malahide is a seaside village with plenty on offer. In 2003, the CSO report(...)

 Killiney beach. Photograph: Tom Honan

What’s so good about it? Killiney, the millionaire’s playground 9½ miles south of Dublin city centre, is often described as Ireland’s Amalfi coast fo(...)

There are 156 full-time chaplain posts – mostly Catholic – allocated to Education and Training Boards secondary schools and colleges. The annual cost is €9.8 million. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty

Education authorities are spending almost €10 million of taxpayers’ money on hiring religious chaplains for State-run multidenominational secondary sc(...)

Principal of Ballyhackett Primary School  Gráinne McIlvar with teacher Kathleen McGinley and pupils. Photograph: Steven McAuley

At Ballyhackett Primary School outside Castlerock, Co Derry, religion is low on the pupils’ list of priorities. “I know the religion of some of my fr(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson: Politics and their cruelty are part of our adult life and they affect children and young people. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A senior Irish Church figure has called for “courage and compassion” towards secularism as society faces “increasing pressure from what we ominously c(...)

Main Street, Dundrum. Photograph: Tom Honan

What’s so good about it? At the turn of the century, Dundrum was another quiet, fairly nondescript south Dublin area, where “shopping centre” meant a(...)

Alexandra College Milltown, Co Dublin, charges  €7,534 per year in day fees. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Not so long ago many private schools were struggling to retain pupils and contemplating entering the “free” secondary school scheme. How times have c(...)

Joint statement: The leaders of Ireland’s main churches (left to right) Rev Sam McGuffin, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Dr William Henry,  Dr Richard Clarke,  Rev Brian Anderson.

The leaders of Ireland’s main churches have urged the North’s political parties to “fully grasp” the opportunity to restore Northern Ireland’s devolve(...)

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