• July 1, 2012

    We can only guess what was going through the minds of Martin McGuiness and Elizabeth Windsor as they shook hands in Belfast last week. Several commentators recognised the symbolism of a painful process of reconciliation. Lessons from Northern Ireland about the futility of violence need to be applied in other parts of the world, and in other areas of life.

  • May 31, 2012

    Human rights campaigners in Northern Ireland have welcomed the announcement of details of the visit of Aung San Suu Kyi to Ireland next month.

  • March 31, 2012

    The government of the Republic of Ireland are restructuring bank debts, but have been accused of punishing the public for the crimes of bankers and speculators.

  • January 24, 2012

    As Ireland prepares to pay the latest instalment on the debts run-up by 'zombie' bank Anglo Irish, UK debt campaigners are planning to protest.

  • August 6, 2011

    Some have read the President of Ireland's recent comments on the Vatican and the abuse scandal as an attack on the Roman Catholic Church. But in reality, says Savi Hensman, it reflects divisions within the church, bringing not only judgement but also the hope of renewal. It can also challenge Christians of all traditions to think more deeply about the responsibilities of the laity.

  • May 15, 2011

    Some religious leaders see Queen Elizabeth II's state visit to Ireland this week as a sign of reconciliation following centuries of sectarian hatred and violence.

  • December 30, 2010

    A question asked in the Irish parliament reveals that the Catholic Church has paid only a fraction of the compensation promised to victims of clerical abuse.

  • September 5, 2010

    Kate O'Sullivan, a customer at Tony Blair's book signing in Dublin, attempted to make a citizen's arrest for war crimes in relation to the invasion of Iraq.

  • June 21, 2010

    Catholic Bishops in Ireland are among a whole range of church and community leaders on both sides of the border who have welcomed the outcome of the Savile Enquiry on 'Bloody Sunday'.

  • April 3, 2010

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed strong concern about the response of, and to, the Catholic Church in Ireland over sex abuse. But his remarks may also have been exaggerated.