Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin (left): said schools merger decision was made after  discussions and consultations over a number of years, which started before his appointment as bishop  in 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

Amalgamation of Athlone schools should not go ahead, says campaigner

The clerical child sexual abuse scandal has led to a low conviction level of alleged perpetrators in the courts. Photograph posed by model: iStock

Questions raised as victims feel justice is being denied

‘Possibly the formation of such ministry might evolve along the lines suggested recently by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin  when he said he would like to see seminarians living in a smaller community from where they could be “linked to a particular parish while continuing their studies”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Financial burden of Maynooth and Rome’s Irish College on church in Ireland too great

Jonas Raiskas was commissioned  to create 20 carvings in the Garden of the Celtic Saints plus those in the new Memorial Garden in Irvinestown.

The garden has four parts: a potato field, a kitchen, workhouse door and emigrant ship

Papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown has been criticised again by the Association of Catholic Priests. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Catholic Priests rail against Archbishop Charles Brown over selection of bishops

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has been criticised for his comments about the seminary in Maynooth. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fr Seán McDonagh says comments about ‘goings on’ in Maynooth caused embarrassment

Refugee youths gesture from behind a fence at Nizip refugee camp near Gaziantep, Turkey, April 23rd, 2016. Photograph: Umit Bektas/File/Reuters

Agreement represents ‘new global approach’ to addressing refugees’ issues, says Flanagan

The Apparition at Knock in 1879 mosaic, by Irish artist PJ Lynch, depicts the apparition scene as described by the 15 official witnesses at Knock. Photograph: Michael Mc Laughlin

One of largest mosaics in Europe at Knock basilica by artist PJ Lynch draws attention

Columba Press  has thanked everyone who supported it over the years, after the company went into liquidation. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish publisher of books on a religious theme has failed to secure necessary investment

The funeral of Dr Edward Daly takes place at St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bloody Sunday priest turned blood-stained cloth into ‘symbol of compassion’

The seminarian indicated he had been “blown away” by some of the things said. He had nothing but praise for the formation staff there. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘If there is a gay culture, it must be among a very small number of men’

Seminarians were called together by a senior staff member who reminded them of the document they had signed and pointed out that talking to the media about the college was a breach of confidentiality. Photograph: Getty Images

Former seminarians tell of being obliged to sign confidentiality agreement on day one

The Maynooth College trustees are the four Catholic Archbishops in Ireland and 13 diocesan bishops. Photograph: Getty Images

College mired in controversy after Archbishop’s remarks

Former bishop of Derry Edward Daly died on Sunday aged 82.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Retired bishop ‘spent himself in service of others’

Fr Edward Daly runs down the street in Belfast with an injured man on Bloody Sunday, January 30th, 1972.

‘Bloody Sunday changed my life in every way’ said Dr Daly, whose stroke liberated him

Cathleen McGarry and George Hook.

Cathleen McGarry and George Hook discuss their spiritual journeys

Casting a shadow: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has described the atmosphere at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth as ‘poisonous’, when explaining his decision to send seminarians from Dublin to The Irish College in Rome instead. Photograph: Getty

Three former seminarians share their experiences at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth over the past decade. They describe an atmosphe(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Among survivors of clerical child sex abuse, no other Catholic Church leader comes close in their esteem. File photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Archbishop’s criticism of Maynooth seminary latest example of individuality

College at Maynooth: “Clearly if anyone is not living celibately they shouldn’t be in the seminary,” says St Patrick’s College president Msgr Connolly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

‘Culture of fear not compatible with seminary life,’ says St Patrick’s College president

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin at Maynooth seminary

Teachings, rather than any ‘strange goings-on’, are main source of contention

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: would like to see seminarians living in a smaller community from where they could be assigned to parishes in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Archbishop of Dublin says he has looked at location for priest training but it is not ready

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said he would no longer send seminarians to Maynooth because of ‘strange goings-on’ at the college. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leading clerics back St Patrick’s College amid controversy

The Secret Village festival in Co Roscommon begins on Friday.

Ballaghadreamers, Sing Sing and the Gypsy Dogs and The Dandy Horses are among acts

Clear division has emerged between the Catholic archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and his fellow archbishops over the suitability of St Patrick’s College Maynooth for training priests. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Clerics disagree over sending trainees to St Patrick’s College

Of Maynooth, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said:“I don’t think this is a good place for students .” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is clearly frustrated with history of controversy

St Patrick’s College Maynooth “has no concrete or credible evidence of the existence of any alleged ‘active gay subculture’,” it said. File photograph: Google Street View

Maynooth seminary statement follows claim that some at college had used gay dating app

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “atmosphere of strange goings-on.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Alleged sexual harrassment at St Patrick’s College reported to Garda in Dublin

 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will send seminarians from his archdiocese to Rome instead of Maynooth.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Analysis: ‘Goings on’ concern alleged gay activity, claim of lax theological formation

Imam Ibrahim Noonen and Imam Naseem Ahmad at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Ireland’s 14th Jalsa Salana Annual Convention. Photograph: Sara Freund/ The Irish Times

`I can’t say this, I can’t say that because....they feed me and they give me my sustenance’

Imam Rabeeb Mirza and Garda Darren Coventry-Howlett of the Garda Racial, Intercultural and Diversity Office, talk at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Ireland annual conference

Multiculturalism of Ireland emphasised at Ahmadiyya Muslim Association conference

Tony Walsh (pictured) was described in the Murphy report as ‘the most notorious child sexual abuser’ to have come to its attention. ‘It is likely that he has abused hundreds of children,’ it said. On Tuesday, he was jailed for seven and half years for raping a boy three times, once with a crucifix. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Background: First complaint about priest came two days after he took up his first role

“The number of addicts and people with psychiatric issues sleeping rough on our streets seems larger.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Time for State to consider creating much needed and appropriate institutional care

 US cardinal Seán O’Malley (left) president of  Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors is encouraging bishops, priests and religious superiors to be in contact with sex abuse victims.  Photograph: Henry Wills

Church should use wealth to keep abusers away from public – child protection advocate

Fr Seán Fagan was widely admired and respected as a courageous theologian and compassionate pastor.

Late priest was censured by Vatican until former president Mary McAleese intervened

Traditional sailboats off Long Walk in the Claddagh Basin in Galway city. The city has been named European City of Culture 2020.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Limerick, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford were also in the running for title

 The former head office of the Console suicide prevention charity in Celbridge, Co Kildare. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

David Hall to present list of Paul, Patricia and Tim Kelly’s assets to the High Court

A homeless person sheltering at the GPO in Dublin. In 2014, staff costs at the four main Dublin homeless agencies absorbed all funds allocated to them by the State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Agencies are funded mainly by the State, but expanding payrolls are burning up that money

Legal action: Patricia Kelly of Console leaves  the Four Courts  on Tuesday. Photograph: Collins

Ireland’s charity sector is in the news and, once again, for all the wrong reasons

 Paul Kelly, former  Console director:  talks are continuing to find a home for staff and services provided up to now by the defunct and discredited   charity. Photograph: Mark Stedman/

Call for national strategy to oversee charities sector after series of controversies

 The head office of suicide prevention charity Console in Celbridge, Co Kildare. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Paul Kelly supplied auditors with unsupported figures for helpline expenditure

Officials are currently assessing the suitability of other charities to take over services run by Console, which is to be wound up. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Services and staff expected to be taken over by other suicide prevention agencies

Paul Kelly:  A report said “CEO [Paul Kelly] and the external accountant stated that the original Visa statements were missing but duplicate copies had been ordered from the bank”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Redacted Visa card details and unclear fun run details raised auditors’ suspicions

Imam Ali Selim of the Clonskeagh mosque said imam al-Qadri had spoken with imam Halawa from the mosque about the date of Eid some time ago. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Holding Eid on Tuesday ‘has not been accepted by the majority of Muslims in Ireland’

Former Console  chief executive  Paul Kelly: He and his wife Patricia were connected to 12 companies, according to the Company Registration Office. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

HSE auditors found Patricia Kelly employed six different signatures on documentation

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney:  “We had very pragmatic discussions, and there is clearly a generosity and willingness among the congregations around donating lands and buildings.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

List of properties nationwide to be drawn up for Minister for Housing Simon Coveney

HSE internal audit said “that the expenditure on this [nun’s] credit card contained very similar expenditure to the chief executive’s [Mr Kelly] credit card”.  Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Paul Kelly spent €252,000 on credit card over three years, more than half in name of nun

The head office of Console Suicide Prevention Charity in Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Collins

David Hall says charity still owes €12,000 to cover costs of operating phone lines

 Dignitaries lay wreaths during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial on July 1st, 2016 in Thiepval, France. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/Getty Images

‘The Somme has somehow become a river of Ulster,’ said Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Richard Clarke

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri invited members of the Irish LGBT community to the Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council’s community Iftar. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Chair of Irish Muslim peace council invites ‘those who commit sin’ to end of Ramadan meal

The chairman of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri has called on Cork City Council to ‘immediately hold a public hearing on growing Islamophobia and hate crimes in the city’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Church of Ireland Bishop says more work needs to be done in communities to foster diversity

Image: Screengrab from ‘The Border’

Caoimhe Butterly’s ‘The Border’ highlights plight of 12,000 people at Greek frontier

Ireland’s Presbyterian Moderator Rev Dr Frank Sellar.

‘For many families, like my own, the events of 1916 are still personal’ – Moderator

Public announcements by the church that a priest is standing aside from ministry due to child abuse allegations should emphasise the presumption of innocence, updated Catholic Church child protection guidelines have said.  Photograph: iStock

Catholic Church child protection guidelines makes recommendation on announcement of cleric standing aside

The Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council will hold its second annual community Iftar in the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre at Blanchardstown in west Dublin on Saturday next to which members of the LGBT community are invited. Photograph: Getty Images

Pope Francis endorses Cardinal’s call for Catholic Church apology to gay people

Cardinal Reinhard Marx: told a conference held in Trinity College that until  “very recently”, the church and society at large had been “very negative about gay people . . . It was the whole society. It was a scandal and terrible.” Photograph: Stefano Rellandini

Cardinal Reinhard Marx: ‘We’ve done a lot to marginalise homosexuals’

Trinity Law Professor Gerry Whyte. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Little resistance offered by Irish Constitution to ongoing secularisation, says law Prof

 Carmel and Martin Naughton upon winning  the Community Foundation for Ireland’s Philanthropist of the Year Award earlier in 2016. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

We’re just going to be poorer and worse off if we leave than stay, says Martin Naughton

Ireland and the UK can achieve more within the EU than outside it, the Catholic Bishop of Down and Connor Noel Treanor has said. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Union’s ‘vision for Europe’s peoples’ is its saving grace, Noel Treanor says

Church of Ireland Archbishop Richard Clarke said “it will be far more than a purely physical journey”. Photograph: Arthur Allison

Catholic and Church of Ireland primates to accompany 30 pilgrims to France and Belgium

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said he saw ‘the establishment of the Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith and Reason as an opportunity for University Church to return to its original vocation as a focal point for reflection on faith and reason’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Archbishop recently said Irish Catholic Church ‘very lacking’ in people of intellect who can address issues of the day

The average amount of money received by girls in 2016 dropped a modest 1% to €563. Photograph: The Irish Times

Average ‘take’ by child €546, outfits €176, make-up and hair €56

 President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins during his special address at the seventh annual conference of the independent progressive think-tank TASC. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

‘Europe cannot really go on as it is now, but it is important that people be in Europe’

Construction industry: cited by Tasc  as an example where the proportion of self-employed has grown from 25 per cent in 2006 to 38 per cent in 2015. Photograph: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

‘Flexibility’ being forced on more and more workers in Ireland, claims think tank

Foreign direct investment:  Tasc says implications for Ireland are very serious as “of now total employment in the foreign sector is estimated at 174,000 out of total employment of nearly two million. No other European country even approximates this level.”   Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Tasc says reliance on foreign direct investment becoming ‘increasingly problematic’

Back then people only passed when they went to the toilet, so it was confusing to hear Mrs Fogarty had

Does the Catholic church have a role to play in pluralist Ireland? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Three-day conference to examine role of Catholicism in pluralist Ireland

Fr Brendan Hoban was commenting on recent remarks by the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin bemoaning the dearth of Catholic intellectuals in Ireland.

Public debate left to ‘obsessive’ religious who ‘psychologically bludgeon’ their opponents

Matt Mitchell pays his respects at a memorial in front the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to the victims of the Pulse gay nightclub shooting where 49 people were killed in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says books of condolence open at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral

 Donations to Trócaire rose by seven per cent to €25 million last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Catholic bishops decide to undertake major initiative to promote vocations next year

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead a delegation from the Irish Bishops’ Conference to Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq next November. Photograph: The Irish Times

Process of taking in refugees has ‘been allowed to slip to the back-burner of politics’

Westmeath councillors have called for a night noise limit of 30db for wind farms, going against the current 2006 guidelines which allow 43db

‘Our democratic mandate has been usurped by your proposed action’

 Mr Justice  Frank Griffin: “sociable, loving, very interested in people and their stories, courteous and never overbearing”

Frank Griffin ‘a wonderful brother, devoted husband, loving father and adored grandfather’

Dubliner Andrew Jones was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2013 and has since been diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome, which is a predisposition to certain types of bowel cancer. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Lynch Syndrome: ‘The doctor said you’ve got colon cancer. I wasn’t ready for it’

Allegations against diocesan priests in 2015/16 came to 65, with a further 51 made against priests who were members of religious congregations, brothers and sisters.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Incident from last year shows ‘a risk to children still exists’, says safeguarding group

Minister of State for Disability Finian McGrath: On his comments about smokers, he said: “I was attacked by puritans.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

There were ‘loads of walk-outs and loads of rows and blood on the floor ’

All Presbyterian marriage ceremonies in Ireland must now include a statement that such a union can only be between a man and a woman.  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

General assembly passes resolution that could have ‘legal implications’ if ignored

Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin is among the Catholic bishops who have warned of the consequences of a Brexit. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland prelates say a UK vote to leave the EU would have ‘disruptive impact’

Rev Dr Frank Sellar, the Moderator of the Presbyterian church.

Presbyterian study says communities continue to be affected by ‘hurt’ of the Troubles

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill during a press conference  in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dublin Devils chair says Republic of Ireland manager’s comment was ‘disappointing’

Some 300,000 people are expected to attend four Redemptorist novenas; at Mount St Alphonsus church in Limerick, at Esker monastery in Athenry, Co Galway, at St Michael’s church in Ballinasloe, and at the Clonard monastery in Belfast. Stock photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Over 300,000 to attend June novenas which have become a major religious event

The Rev Dr Frank Sellar: installed as   moderator of the Presbyterian Church

Amalgamation talks for about three years were speeded up in the last 12 months.

Sentenced late RTÉ journalist Kevin O’Kelly for contempt in 1972 over interview with IRA leader

Talks about amalgamation had been going on for about three years but had been speeded up in the last 12 months. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Irish Missionary Union and the Conference of Religious of Ireland join to form Amri

Church needs ‘competent lay men and women well educated in their faith’

Fr Tim Hazelwood settled a High Court action and got an apology from the man who made the allegation in 2010.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Church ‘hung me out to dry and left me feeling very alone’, says Fr Tim Hazelwood

The Presbyterian Church accepts abortion is justified where there is a threat to the mother’s life.  File photograph: Derek Bromhall/Getty Images

Church accepts termination justified where there is a threat to mother’s life

Ali Selim, spokesman for the Clonskeagh mosque in Dublin, said in 2013 Britain’s Channel 4 became the first mainstream TV company there to broadcast a daily morning prayer during Ramadan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

RTÉ One will broadcast ‘Ramadan diaries’ before ‘Six One’ news on Saturdays

Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry: said that “young offenders in the 18-24 age group have more in common with adolescents than adults”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Many young prisoners suffer severe bullying in residential institutions – Fr Peter McVerry

Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland Eamon Martin said renewal of the Catholic Church in Ireland could take “about 30 years”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Primate of All-Ireland Eamon Martin emphasises ‘equality of right to life of all people’

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