The former president and ex-treasurer of the Vatican-run children's hospital have been indicted for allegedly diverting money from the hospital's foundation to pay for renovations on a top cardinal's apartment.
In spite of Ireland passing the marriage equality referendum, the Church has insisted the next World Meeting of Families, which the Pope is set to attend in Dublin in 2018, will be “married life between a man and a woman”.
Even in a country that can’t agree on how water services might be funded, even in a country where a modest redrawing of county boundaries looks as if it might send black-and-amber refuseniks to the thatch to root out what must now be a very rusty pike, it should be possible to agree on one of today’s constant, undeniable forces.
Robert Harris never meant to write novels. A political journalist, who, at 30, moved from the BBC to become political editor of the Observer, he enjoyed writing longer pieces; and between 1982 and 1990, he penned five works of non-fiction.