President Michael D. Higgins: “The appalling and escalating loss of life” in Gaza was a “tragic example of the failure of diplomacy”, he told the John Hewitt summer school in Armagh. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Higgins tells summer school of ‘enormous increase in unsettled conflicts’

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “enthused by the realism of Pope Francis”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Many read Francis ‘superficially and selectively’, says Martin in Melbourne speech

In a word


Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental spoke graphically about the realities of starvation at the weekend Famine 1848 Walk in Ballingarry, south Tipperary, at which he was leader. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Survived concentration camp on equivalent of six crackers at day

A file image of pilgrims on Croagh Patrick at sunrise. Photograph: The Irish Times

Archbishop says people seem to feel free to say whatever they want about Christianity

Service says 45% of those contacting it claim incident happened in domestic setting

Louis Lentin was perhaps best known as producer of the 1996 ground-breaking documentary Dear Daughter on child abuse at a Dublin orphanage. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Large attendance included abuse survivors whose cause he helped

 Brendan Boland who has written the  book  Sworn to Silence. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish TImes

Brady should not be allowed retire ‘as if he did nothing wrong’ claims abuse survivor

People entitled to social welfare support in Ireland, particularly migrants, do not receive it due to inadequate service from Government officials, according to Crosscare, an agency of Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese. The agency providing dinner for users of their services in 2012. File.  Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Social care agency says it could not help 1000 people due to ‘over demand’ for their services

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