Rhona Tarrant is America's Dublin correspondent.

The current National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street Hospital in Dublin
Politics & Society Dispatches
May 02, 2017
The fact that the government handed ownership of a new $330 million state hospital to a religious order has led to a national debate over the continued involvement of the Catholic Church in Ireland’s health care system.
A Republican mural in West Belfast on March 2. A historic vote has upended the political landscape in Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Politics & Society Dispatches
March 07, 2017
For the first time since the partition of Ireland, Unionists are not in a majority in Stormont, where Northern Ireland’s parliament meets.
A section of the Peace Wall that divides Catholic and Protestant communities cuts its way through West Belfast, Northern Ireland. (CNS photo/Cathal McNaughton, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
January 26, 2017
"The church is in a different space," says Archbishop Martin. "We must be more invitational, using a ministry of presence, gently explaining the message of the church and inviting people in."
Photo courtesy of Home Sweet Home - www.homesweethome.irish
Politics & Society Dispatches
January 10, 2017

The illegal occupation came at the end of a year during which Ireland has seen record numbers forced onto the streets.

Politics & Society Signs Of the Times
November 09, 2016
The call to liberalize Ireland’s abortion laws has created significant political pressure.
Politics & Society Dispatches
October 26, 2016
The assembly will be examining what is widely referred to as the Eighth Amendment, which gives effect to Ireland’s ban on abortion.
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Politics & Society Signs Of the Times
September 15, 2016
Once over money and territory, violence in the country has taken a more destructive turn.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
August 11, 2016
The Archbishop of Dublin taking to the national airwaves to address “Grindr, which is a gay dating site,” managed to jolt the listening public in Ireland.
August 02, 2016
The decision from Archbishop Martin comes after anonymous letters alleged a culture of gay activity at the college.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny speaks during a press conference in Dublin Friday June 24, 2016 after Britain voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)
June 27, 2016
Perhaps the most worrying prospect for Northern Ireland is the reintroduction of border controls with the Republic.