Voices

Rhona Tarrant is America's Dublin correspondent.

Politics & Society Dispatches
Rhona TarrantJune 20, 2017
The international press lauded the election of an openly gay son of an Indian immigrant as a sign of how progressive our tiny little island had become.
The current National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street Hospital in Dublin
Politics & Society Dispatches
Rhona TarrantMay 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
Rhona TarrantMarch 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
Rhona TarrantJanuary 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
Rhona TarrantJanuary 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
Rhona TarrantNovember 09, 2016
The call to liberalize Ireland’s abortion laws has created significant political pressure.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Rhona TarrantOctober 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
Rhona TarrantSeptember 15, 2016
Once over money and territory, violence in the country has taken a more destructive turn.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Dispatches
Rhona TarrantAugust 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.
Dispatches
Rhona TarrantAugust 02, 2016
The decision from Archbishop Martin comes after anonymous letters alleged a culture of gay activity at the college.