System of denominationally controlled education in Ireland is ‘fundamentally unjust’

Children of atheists and of minority faiths are discriminated against’, says Evangelical Alliance Ireland official

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Dr Michael Jackson, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin,  are concerned about access to churches on Easter Sunday. Photograph: The Irish Times

No private traffic allowed inside outer ring between 6am and 8pm

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said all allegations of clerical child sexual abuse in Ireland must be reported to gardaí. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said co-operation with gardaí has been very productive

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has responded to a new Vatican document on the reporting of claims of clerical abuse. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Recent Vatican document said it is ‘not necessarily’ bishop’s duty to report abuse claims

Fr John Gallagher began canon law proceedings last summer.

Florida’s Palm Beach diocese has murky past on clerical child sex abuse issue

Accord president, Bishop Denis Nulty:  “Perhaps in time to come the effect of Instagram, Snapchat or tweeting in the relationships of today will become more evident.” File photograph: Getty Images

‘The more communicative devices we have, the less communicative in relationships,' says Accord

Rev Terence McCaughey (left) pictured in Rathfarnham in 2001 with Prof Kader Asmal, South Africa’s former Minister for Education. Photograph: File photo/The Irish Times

Reverend was a leading member of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland

In its Lenten campaign this year, the biggest annual fundraising campaign in Ireland, the Trócaire box is featuring people from Ireland celebrating the charity’s supporters and all who are fighting for justice for the world’s poor. Photograph: Trócaire website

€8.3m raised in 2015 used to help people in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Middle East

 The president of the Methodist Church of Ireland said, in keeping with the sentiments of the 1916 Proclamation on cherishing all children of the nation equally, Irish people should be “restoring broken relationships and viewing the future inclusively”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Easter Rising and Battle of the Somme shaped both parts of island - Rev Brian Anderson

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said the recent killings “threaten not just public order but democracy and the rule of law”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Diarmuid Martin describes perpetrators as ‘cynical exploiters who treat life lightly’

Cork’s synagogue on the  South Terrace has closed.

Jewish community in city had numbered up to 500 at its peak

In a word . . . China

Fr John Gallagher (48), who is from Strabane, Co Tyrone,  has been ministering in Florida since 2000.

Fr John Gallagher’s evidence led to abusive priest’s conviction

The sit out took place at St Ann’s Church on Dawson Street  in the days running up to Christmas. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Charity sit out at St Ann’s Church on Dawson Street raises €41,400 for various groups

Catholic groups said the policy of the last 20 years of relying on the private rented sector to meet social housing needs had proven “a dismal failure”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Social justice organisations say family homelessness rose 90% during 2015

Br Kevin Crowley: ‘This morning a family came in to me who were on the verge of being evicted. Six in the family and no food. Desperate. The wife was crying. The husband has lost his job.’ Photograph: David Sleator

Br Kevin Crowley says the people he sees every day have seen no difference

President Michael D Higgins: Essential services must not become a political football in the election campaign. Photograph: PA

Launch of ethics initiative at Áras a stark reminder of past failures in lead up to crash

President Michael D Higgins at the launch of On the Importance of Ethics report. Photograph: The Irish Times

Higgins cautions on essential services being political football ahead of general election

In a word . . . Joyce

Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin. Photograph: David Sleator

Legislation and constitutional guarantee needed, says Archbishop Eamon Martin

The final Mass at the Marianella Irish Redemptorist centre in Rathgar, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Community priests attend farewell Mass in chapel at Marianella centre in Dublin

The Marianella seminary, church and grounds, on 3.28 hectares (8.11 acres), were sold to Cairn Homes last June

Sold for €43 million last June, due to falling vocations

Ireland’s civil servants feel significantly underappreciated by the citizens they serve, with just 19 per cent believing their work is valued by the public, according to an employee survey. File photograph: Getty Images

Majority believe they are underpaid for their work, according to employee review

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said: “Meetings have taken place between the Department, local authorities in the midlands and Waterways Ireland about a Blueway concept,” he said. File photograph: BluewaysIreland.org

Tourism Action Plan 2016-2018 takes in 23 actions aimed at sustaining tourism growth

Members of the  Save Roscommon campaign.

Government’s plan to revise border sparks opposition across the county and abroad

Fr John Gallagher said contact with the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin about the case had been unsatisfactory. Photograph: Collins

An Irish priest who has been serving in Florida since 2000 claims he has been ostracised by the church for reporting abuse-related(...)

In a word . . . time

The service takes place on Monday at St Anne’s Cathedral.

Pienaar, Herbst and Paul Marshall to be interviewed at Church of Ireland service

In a statement the diocese of Down and Connor said that in October 2009 it was notified by the civil authorities “of concerns of a safeguarding nature raised against Fr Paul Symonds”. File photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Fr Paul Symonds who was not charged by civil authorities to ‘live as retired priest’

A children’s rights group has welcomed comments from Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin who says he does not believe presenting baptismal certificates is an appropriate way to judge access to a school.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Diarmuid Martin said presenting a baptism cert not an appropriate way to judge access

Pope Francis: “the people chosen for the washing of the feet in the liturgy of Holy Thursday may be selected from all the people of God, and not only men and boys”.  Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Ceremony commemorates Last Supper before which Jesus washed feet of 12 apostles

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin with Karol Hawriluk and Sean Moore who are  Junior Infants pupils  at Our Lady of the Wayside National School in Bluebell, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Diarmuid Martin says church needs to be more dynamic to slow decline in attendance

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Number of priests serving in parishes expected to fall by 60%, report says

Church of Ireland primate Richard Clarke: US Episcopal church excluded from decision-making on doctrine or polity, but reports of ‘sanctions’ and ‘censures’ were  ‘cynical manipulation’ of facts, said the Archbishop.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Canterbury meeting discussed decision of US Episcopal church to allow same-sex marriage

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said the respect and recognition Pieta House enjoys “is not so much about an organisational structure, but about the extraordinary role it has played in the intimacy of the lives of the many men, women and children who have come into contact with it”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Catholic Archbishop speaks at Mass marking 10th anniversary of support body Pieta House

The Sunday Press was “a family, a very dysfunctional one at times, but [Willie Collins] loved every minute of his working life and all the people at Burgh Quay” [Irish Press group offices above]. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former assistant editor at Sunday Press worked at the Irish Press group for 36 years

In a word ... merry

The Anglican Communion’s 38 primates voted by two-thirds majority to censure the US Episcopal Church.

Decision has been condemned by the Faith in Marriage Equality in Ireland

Independent Bishop Pat Buckley: Arrived in Istanbul on Monday night “on a private holiday with a few friends” but “people had told me not to come”. Photograph: PA

Independent prelate Pat Buckley says group missed explosion ‘by seven to 10 minutes’

Canon Andrew White, the “Vicar of Baghdad” at  the Conrad Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Anglican Canon Andrew White lived in Baghdad from 2003 until November 2014

In a word ... shopping

Artwork depicting 1879 apparition at Basilica is final stage of refurbishment project

In a statement, the bishops of the Church of Ireland  noted that “extensive hardship is being experienced in many places across the island of Ireland as a result of recent floods. People have been left without food, shelter, warmth and clothing as a result of flooding and water damage.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Extensive hardship is being experienced in many places across the island, say bishops

Members of the Defence Forces during the first major event in Ireland to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, at Dublin Castle, January 1st, 2016. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Catholic bishops say events being prepared and details to be announced shortly

Pádraig Pearse was very clear where he stood in this vision of events. He was the Christ-like figure.

Timing of Rising for Easter was deliberate - and intended to signify a risen people commensurate with risen Christ

Jason Corbett (39) died on August 2nd last in his home in North Carolina .

Molly Martens Corbett, Thomas Michael Martens indicted with second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter

 Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson warned differences between “Northerners and Southerners” could “perpetuate a paralysis in generosity in the inter-relations of both countries”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Events of 1916 helped create island’s ‘two communities’, says Church of Ireland figure

 Deirdre Walsh, head statistician at the CSO, and Padraig Dalton, director general of the CSO, following the announcement that recruitment of enumerators for the 2016 census is to begin on Tuesday morning at 9am. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Applications for positions will be received on the official website from 9am on Tuesday

Ruth Bradley as Frances in RTÉ’s ‘Rebellion’

Rising drama proves a hit with Irish audiences as broadcaster tops Christmas ratings

Three quarters of the towns and cities surveyed by An Taisce on behalf of the IBAL group were found to be “Clean to European Norms”.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

No litter blackspots among 40 Irish towns and cities, with Dublin Airport ‘spotless’

An Taisce’s formal complaint to RTÉ centres on the inclusion of retired UCD professor Ray Bates on a ‘Prime Time’ programme. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Refusal of two other academics to take part should have been reported, NGO says

Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork Paul Colton (left): “emergency funding required urgently”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Affected people fragile, exhausted, exasperated, says C of I Bishop of Cork Paul Colton

Noah Doyle, an 11-month-old who suffers from congenital heart disease.

HSE apologies for ‘administrative delay’ after man’s Facebook letter to Varadkar goes viral

Joe Lynch in a classic pose as Dinny Byrne in TV series Glenroe. File photograph: RTÉ

Northern Protestant wrote with great success about ‘primitive’ rural Catholic Ireland

File image of Easter Rising commemoration in Dublin in 2006. Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin said: “We should redouble our efforts to find safe spaces where we can genuinely hear one another’s stories and pain, and bolster friendship, mutual understanding, justice and peace.” File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Commemorations in 2016 to mark Rising and Battle of the Somme ‘must bolster peace’

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh and a member of the board: he said it was  planned to discuss candidates who might “serve the best interests of Muslims”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/ The Irish Times

South Dublin Muslim Board was set up in anticipation of the general election

Author Aidan Higgins: his novel Langrishe Go Down (1966), about four spinster sisters living in a decaying Big House at Celbridge, has been described as “a great modern Irish classic”.

Author described as ‘the missing link between high modernism and the present’

In a Word: Fraud

Yes, I’m talking to you, Santa Claus

The Palestrina Choir will be performing in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, at 9.30pm on Christmas Eve, followed by Mass at 10pm. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Get your seats early for Pro-Cathedral, but no room at the inn for St Patrick’s Cathedral

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin celebrates Mass in November at the Pro-Cathedral, a building which he says deserves note for having played an important role in the Easter Rising in 1916. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Archbishop critical of ‘clinically secular concept of the way 1916 will be marked’

 Archbishop of Dublin  Diarmuid Martin said the Catholic Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy was an opportunity for the church to renew itself “through being more and more a place where people can experience mercy and forgiveness”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Archbishop of Dublin restates church opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at  the Door of Mercy at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough Street, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/Maxwells

Martin praises late bishop who was criticised over handling of clerical abuse

In 2012 NI police and PPS decided Fr John McManus had no case to answer

Harry Boland on left and Ena Shouldice on right in a photograph from ‘Grandpa the Sniper’, published by The Liffey Press.

Failed engagement detailed in letters from Ena Shouldice intercepted by Dublin Castle

The decision to enable logging of hate and race crimes brings Garda into line with the PSNI and other European police forces, said Immigrant Council of Ireland chief executive Brian Killoran. Photograph: Frank Miller

Move sends strong message to victims, says Immigrant Council of Ireland

 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “From what I know nobody mentioned in the Murphy report was at a meeting with the commission without a legal person being present.”  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Association of Catholic Priests commissioned critique of report ‘flawed’, says Archbishop

Dublin diocesan priest Monsignor Paul Tighe (57) has been appointed a bishop and secretary of the Vatican’s Council for Culture by Pope Francis.

Monsignor who was central to social media strategy is also made secretary of Council for Culture

In Britain 7.9 per cent of the population is non-British national. Photograph: Getty Images

Poles, British, Lithuanians the largest cohort in State – Eurostat

Mother Teresa, head of Missionaries of Charity, in New Delhi in 1993. She established the congregation in 1950 with 13 members in Calcutta. Photograph: AP Photo

Pope Francis clears way for sainthood by approving decree recognising a miracle

Bishop Dermot O’Mahony had been “a man of great integrity”, Bishop Eamonn Walsh told the congregation in Shankill. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Celebrant compares Dermot O’Mahony’s suffering in final years to that of some saints

Auxillary Bishop of Dublin Eamonn Walsh: “Integrity is something with steely courage and love that we all associate with Dermot O’Mahony. And goodness cannot be destroyed.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Bishop criticised in child abuse report had ‘steely courage’, mourners told

Among callers the most common setting for abuse was the family (48 per cent) followed by the community (31 per cent) and 15 per cent were  survivors of institutional abuse

This year saw a 25 per cent rise in calls to Connect which deals with abuse in childhood

In a Word ... Polite

Polite, meaning to be courteous, just like those nice middle-class children

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said this week that she planned to repeal “rule 68”, which states that religious instruction is “by far the most important part” of the school curriculum. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bishops see repeal of rule 68 as a new dilution of religious rights

Gerry Adams: entitled to ‘mental reservation’, according to Fr Reynolds. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Asking Sinn Féin leader about membership of IRA was ‘stupid’, late priest maintained

Independent councillor Mannix Flynn:  in favour of street performances. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ban on amplification up for discussion following complaints from Grafton Street area

The RTÉ Investigates ‘Standards in Public Office’ programme  team investigated declarations by the State’s 949 councillors, 166 TDs, 60 Senators and 11 MEPs.

Number of TDs, Senators fail to fully declare interests, RTÉ Investigates programme finds

In a word . . . Cant

The late Rev Prof Liam Ryan: “A peerless intellect”

President pays tribute to man who possessed skills ‘of the finest empirical social scientists’

Anthony Farquhar has retired as Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor diocese. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anthony Farquhar, a bishop in Belfast for 32 years, praised for his work during Troubles

Seventy-five civil servants died in service over the past two years, with almost 7,000 having been bereaved over the same period. File photograph: Getty Images

Evidence of vulnerability and anxiety due to debt, reduced benefits and financial uncertainty

An image Archbishop of Armagh and President of the Bishop’s Conference Eamon Martin. The Catholic bishops have warned any attempt to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, on the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn, is a “direct attack” on the right to life.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

‘Life at all stages deserves the utmost protection, compassion and care,’ clerics say

Teresa Devlin, chief executive of the Catholic Church’s Maynooth based National Board for Safeguarding Children, said the latest reports showed the safeguarding of children had now become “a reflex” and a “first consideration” with religious congregations.

Audit of 20 congregations finds safeguarding of children has become ‘first consideration”

 John Hume at the funeral of former taoiseach Albert Reynolds  at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, Dublin, August 2014. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘John Hume Irish Peacemaker’ edited by two former SDLP colleagues launched in Dublin

The 1,400th anniversary of the death of St Columbanus on November 21st, 615, was marked on Monday at Maynooth. From a painting by Giuseppe Franchi (above). File photograph: Dea/Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana/De Agostini/Getty Images

Three honorary doctorates in philosophy awarded at St Patrick’s College

Somaia Halawa with a postcard of her brother Ibrahim Halawa to launch a camaign to free him at Buswells Hotel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Dublin teenager has been in an Egyptian jail since August 2013

In a Word: Comeuppance

‘He was an old man. A fresh 86 . . . At school he had been abused by a priest’

In a Word: Bottle

Bottle, from the Middle English botel, is believed derived from the Latin buttis – a cask

Michael Hogan, the Tipperary footballer who was killed at Croke Park on Bloody Sunday on November 21st, 1920

November 21st also marks anniversary of 1974 Birmingham pub bombings

Catholic Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan said homosexual activity was “morally wrong behaviour”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Catholic Bishop of Galway had objected to funding for ‘morally wrong behaviour’

The Concert for Paris event is being organised by artistic director of charity orchestra Co-Orch, John Doyle, and will bring together a host of choirs, orchestras and individual musicians who will contribute their time to participate. Photograph: Embassy of France in Dublin

‘Concert for Paris’ from 8pm on Friday to mark the loss of innocent human life

The recommendations are contained in the State body’s observations on the new Admissions to Schools Bill (2015). Photograph: PA

Legal change needed to end discrimination against unbaptised, minority faith children

The Bishop of Ossory Séamus Freeman welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education Jan O’ Sullivan that her Department had agreed to build the new schools.

Continues commitment by diocese and College ‘to excellence in education in Kilkenny’

Valentin Ribet (26) was  a descendant of Thomas Addis Emmet, older brother of Robert Emmet (above), who was executed in 1803 for his role in the Dublin rebellion of that year.

Anti-corruption lawyer (26) 5th generation descendant of patriot’s brother

Shaykh Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri arrives with a wreath at the French Embassy in Dublin ahead of a minute’s silence across Europe to mark the victims of Friday’s attacks in the French capital.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘Irish people understand what it is to be tarred with the same brush,’ says imam

In a Word: Godchild

‘Godchild’ is believed to have originated around 1200AD

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