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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Catholic Ireland

All time
# promotion
Former international Andy Reid named as new Ireland U18 head coach
He takes over from Jim Crawford, who joined Stephen Kenny’s U21 set-up.
# Positive thinking
Van Graan insists Munster 'still in a brilliant place' despite Scarlets defeat
The province failed to muster a try during 10-6 defeat in Wales.
Opinion: It is time for change in the Catholic church and that starts with equality for women
‘Guided by the Holy Spirit we must come together and find new inclusive governance structures to replace the old patriarchal model, which has broken down’, writes Colm Holmes.
Retirement: 'For the first time in nearly forty years I could openly admit that I didn't believe in God'
Being an atheist principal and managing a Catholic school was a difficult balance to maintain, writes Peter Gunning.
# State guidelines
Students who opt-out of religion classes should be taught another subject
Richard Bruton said the new guidelines would mean children who don’t study religion “will no longer be sitting at the back of the class”.
# a view to a cull
'Bloody' demonstrations to be held against badger culling
The Department of Agriculture has tendered for organisations to capture and vaccinate badgers.
# warm welcome
Pics: Meet the three new foreign ambassadors to Ireland
The ambassadors are from Iran, China and Senegal.
# Good Friday
Calls for Good Friday alcohol ban to be lifted
Restaurants say the “outdated and archaic law” is bad for business.
# X Case
In pictures: The 20th anniversary of X Case protests
In February 1992 the case of a 14-year-old rape victim who wanted an abortion sparked off waves of demonstrations around the country. These photos from the time give an idea of just how divisive and emotive the case became.