Air Corps aircraft perform a fly-past during the National Day of Commemoration ceremony at Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Three faiths, including five Christian denominations, led prayers

A red beret photographs some blue berets attending the annual National Day of Commemoration Ceremony to honour all  Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hopes the Royal Hospital Kilmainham event will become an annual one

The theme of this year’s one-day Douglas Hyde Conference is ‘The Unsaved Harvest: Rural Ireland’s Cultural Heritage’. File.  Photograph: Frank Miller/ The Irish Times

Speakers will reflect on contribution to arts of north midlands region

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan was told today it was essential all relevant institutions be included within the remit of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Group tells Minister for Children commission of inquiry must be inclusive, wide-ranging

Anglican  ministers are now obliged to keep confessed serious crimes  secret only if he or she is satisfied the penitent has already reported the offence to police. Photograph: Walter Bibikow/the Image Bank/Getty

Anglican priests in Australia allowed to report serious crimes

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan: met with members of the Bethany Survivors group

‘I was a slave all my young life. My mother was a slave to prejudice’

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said the Church “which talks abut a preferential option for the poor must show unflinchingly a preferential option for those who have been victims of abuse within its fold.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Catholic Archbishop says Church must be ‘a privileged place of healing for survivors’

Irish clerical child abuse survivor Mark Vincent Healy (54) told Pope Francis (above) of his concerns about rates of self-harm and suicide among survivors during a meeting in the Vatican today.  Photograph: Nicola Lanese/EPA.

Survivor claims under-reporting of abuse cases by church authorities in Ireland

Irish abuse survivors were among those meeting with Pope Francis today. File photograph: Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

Two Dublin clerical child abuse survivors met pontiff in Vatican this morning

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