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There were 558,000 pupils enrolled in 3,250 primary schools as of September 30th, 2016.

Almost 50,000 pupils at primary level do not have English or Irish as their mother tongue, new figures show The findings are contained in a new prima(...)

 Pope Francis has said he is willing to consider ordaining older married men as priests in isolated communities.   File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Irish priest Fr Tony Flannery has welcomed the “new development” that Pope Francis is willing to consider ordaining older married men as priests in is(...)

“It is disappointing that the deep and overlapping anti-Irish and anti-Catholic bigotry of so many DUP-supporting unionists appears to still play a significant role in Northern life and politics.” Above, DUP leader Arlene Foster.    Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

How much did continuing religious bigotry have to do with the collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive last month? It was clear from Martin McGuinne(...)

New school admissions legislation will do nothing to change the ‘Catholic first’ enrolment policies of the vast majority of schools, an Oireachtas committee has heard. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

New school admissions legislation will do nothing to change the “Catholic first” enrolment policies of the vast majority of schools, an Oireachtas com(...)

The Cutting Edge programme was said to include “patronising, ill informed, ignorant and insensitive comments” which should have been challenged by host Brendan O’Connor.

Two Church of Ireland women priests have taken strong exception to a portrayal of the church as “watered down Catholicism” on Wednesday night’s RTÉ On(...)

Polling in the 1983 referendum. Garrett Fitzgerald sought to leave abortion law subject to legislation in the Dáil and outside the scope of the Constitution: Pat Langan / The Irish Times

It was in the early 1980s that the pro-life people approached Fianna Fáil asking that they promise an amendment to the Constitution to protect the lif(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny in a photo with young Tom Cox after the official opening of Temple Carrig School, Greystones. Also pictured is Alan Cox (L)  school principal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The first voluntary Church of Ireland secondary school to be established since the foundation of the State has been officially opened by Taoiseach End(...)

View of the procession of the Council Fathers on  October 11th, 1962, in front of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, at the opening of the first session of the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican. Photograph:  OFF/AFP/Getty Images

Both the recent debate about the Maynooth seminary and the ongoing debate about religious education in schools seem to me to be sparks from the dying (...)

‘Possibly the formation of such ministry might evolve along the lines suggested recently by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin  when he said he would like to see seminarians living in a smaller community from where they could be “linked to a particular parish while continuing their studies”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Currently, the Irish Catholic Church has 67 men studying for the priesthood: 55 at St Patrick’s College Maynooth and 12 at the Irish College in Rome. (...)

Gerry McGeough: “Anyone who had shown any resistance to the British was deemed to have bad character and everything was to be criminalised. So you have Irish Catholics, traitors in effect, administering British rule here in the six counties.” Photograph: PA

Catholics who have served as judges and prosecutors in Northern Ireland’s legal system are “traitors” who will be dealt with as “collaborators” once t(...)

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