The latest and final tranche of its reviews of child protection in Catholic institutions on the island of Ireland the church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children  has been released. Photograph: Thinkstock

Latest reports on child protection in Catholic institutions says Salvatorian admitted abusing 100 children

 President Michael D Higgins and Helen Litton great-grandniece of Tom Clarke during a ceremony where the East Link bridge was renamed to Tom Clarke Bridge in Ringsend, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Many would consider honouring of Proclamation signatory long overdue, says Higgins

NewsBrands Ireland said the State’s defamation laws had a chilling effect on the media’s role as the watchdog of the public. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Retention of jury system ‘creates delays and also a lack of certainty for publishers’

Knock basilica: the mosaic depicts the 1879 apparition at Knock

Basilica includes one of the largest mosaics in Europe, designed by Irish artist PJ Lynch

A US study found that a lack of the female hormone oestrogen in men means we poor dears are less resistant to the flu virus

 Baroness Nuala O’Loan: “Journalists seem, on occasion, to have abandoned the careful, nuanced use of language in favour of wild sweeping assertions.”   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

‘It was, of course, the media which ultimately forced the Church and state authorities to begin to deal with child sexual abuse’ (...)

Pope Francis published his ‘Amoris Laetitia’ document last week. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Ex-Irish president says ‘Amoris Laetitia’ ‘lacks imagination’

Pope Francis restated the church’s position that there are “absolutely no grounds” to equate gay unions to heterosexual marriage. Photograph: EPA

Pontiff call for compassion towards ‘imperfect’ Catholics

 Pope Francis: his is a world of overwhelming consolation for sinners like himself. Photograph:  Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Vatican not for turning on core issues but pope wants church to be more compassionate

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and  Archbishop Eamon Martin in Dublin welcoming the publication of “Amoris Laetitia”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘Pope Francis realises we do not live in a world where everything is black and white’

Pope Francis: Will reflect on much of what his bishops’ have had to say. Photograph: Getty Images

Key points for devout will be situation of divorced and civilly married on communion

Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican last month. Restoration to full ministry of priests disciplined by the Vatican will be discussed at a planned meeting between  Catholic bishops and the Association of Catholic Priests.  File photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Certain clerics suspended for perceived liberal views on issues such as women’s ordination

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has called a meeting over a proposal which would see the break-up of an 800 year old diocese. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Proposal would see 800-year-old Dublin and Glendalough diocese lose six parishes

 The Remembrance Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Facing up to unpalatable truths in our history is part of accepting who we truly are

Nicky Kelly, who was arrested in connection with the Sallins train robbery. a crime he had no part in. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

State’s most notorious miscarriage of justice case has yet to be explained, 40 years on

Guard of honour by the 1st Battalion, Galway,  at Glasnevin cemetery on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Wall include names of all who died in conflicts on island between 1916 and 1923

Lt Henning Hauser unfurls the German flag on the bow of the flagship FGS Donau, berthed in Dublin.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘I think it’s brilliant... my son loves boats, absolutely loves boats,’ says mother of three

Shaykh Dr Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri  founder of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council.

Islamic speakers visiting Ireland will be expected to abide by statement

In Shakespeare, the fool speaks truth to monarchs with reasonable confidence he will not be parted from his head

At St Finian’s Church on Adelaide Road, Dublin, at the end of an ecumenical Way of the Cross procession from Rathmines Catholic church. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

At Way of the Cross procession, Diarmuid Martin reflects on continuing problem

The Rev Bridget Spain, Prof Mary Daly Royal Irish Academy and broadcaster Joe Duffy at the Unitarian Church St Stephens Green where a reading of all those who died around Easter 1916 took place. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Reading of the fallen takes place at Unitarian Church

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin performs the washing of the feet ceremony at Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral. Pope Francis said in January the Holy Thursday ritual should no longer be limited to men and boys. Photograph: Alan Betson

Archbishops Diarmuid Martin and Michael Jackson to pause for silent prayer at GPO

Nestle and Cadbury have discreetly removed the word Easter from their chocolate eggs this season. It is not for religious reason or about being politically correct, the confectioners say. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters.

Companies say decision to drop word not due to Christian links (and Easter may be found in small print)

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin recalled how “when I visited the family home in Derry of those who lost their lives at Buncrana pier on Sunday, I could see first hand the merciful outreach of the local priest and community at a time of unspeakable pain and loss”.

Turbulent life of clerical vocation recalled at Holy Thursday Masses across Ireland

Former Irish Farmers’ Association general secretary Pat Smith (left) and former president Eddie Downey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Only slight drop in membership recorded but greater fall in levy contributions

A 2015 review found  79 per cent of clients were under 35 and website visits grew by 250 per cent in two years, from 10,563 in 2013 to 26,342 in 2015. Photograph: Thinkstock

Increased demand for its services online prompts agency to review how it meets client needs

Unitarian Church at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Annual reading at Unitarian Church includes dead of Northern Ireland conflict

In a Word . . . Sky

The Romans were on to our lazy sky, which is why they never came here and dismissed this island as Hibernia – the land of winter (...)

All 485 people killed in  the Easter Rising  will be remembered at an  inter-faith service in Glasnevin Cemetery (above) on Sunday next, April 3rd. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

1916 centenary is chance to deepen our understanding of who we are, say bishops

Kevin O’Riordan (25) is a primary teacher from Killea, near Templemore, and intends kicking a point over the bar at all 1,616 GAA clubs in the 32 counties by St Patrick’s Day.

Kevin O’Riordan to visit all clubs by St Patrick’s Day to raise money for Hope Foundation

Former Attorney General John Rodgers said today that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be required to formally resign  if he fails to win majority support in the Dáil this week. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Former AG says Taoiseach will have to resign if he fails to win majority support in the Dáil on Thursday

Dr Khaled Alotaibi at the South Circular Road mosque. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dr Khaled Alotaibi says he has worked with US on deradicalisation

Former residents of Magdalene laundries lay a wreath on the mass unmarked graves of residents of Magdalene laundries in Glasnevin Cemetery in 2014. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Public encouraged to visit graves of women who died in Magdalene laundries on Sunday

Ali Al Saleh, the imam at the Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre in Milltown, Co Dublin, has expressed concerns to gardaí over two radical Islamic preachers who are addressing the Dublin Islamic Conference 2016. Photograph: David Sleator

Leading Irish imam raises concerns with gardaí ahead of Dublin Islamic Conference

Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. Image: Google Images

Services has been cancelled due to traffic restrictions caused by 1916 centenary parade

 Dean Victor Stacey of St Patrick’s Cathedral (left), who is stepping down, with President Michael D Higgins before  a service of remembrance at the cathedral in 2013.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Cleric had been involved with ministry since 1960 and had intended retiring at age 65

John Bruton: making representations to Minister for Justice and Garda Commissioner. Photograph: David Sleator

‘Easter Sunday is the most important day of the Christian year’

Dear Pope Francis Book

New book offers insights from the pontiff on walking on water, soccer and getting old

 Rhona Murray family historian geneologist with ancestry.ie – the world’s largest online family history resource. Photograph: Maxwells

Catholic Parish Registers 1655-1915 can be searched in March with ‘results in seconds’

Denis Naughten elected on first count, Michael Fitzmaurice takes second seat

Msgr Paul Tighe was ordained Bishop at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome

Diarmuid Martin praises his contribution to Church’s social communications

“I voted Labour the last time but they let us down.”

‘It only helps the higher echelons. Tax credits and new benefits don’t help the working class’

In a Word . . . Ruby

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin,  Dr Michael Jackson:  Everyone in Ireland with a shared interest in a different future should be alert “to the repercussions of the abuse of memory and commemoration from within our fractured history”, he said. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Church of Ireland Archbishop warns against abuse of memory and commemoration

An average of 131 people between 18 and 30 take their own lives every year in Ireland, the 3ts (turn the tide of suicide) charity has said

New State-wide suicide-prevention campaign focuses on third-level students

In a word . . . Taxi

I met a taxi man recently who felt words of his may have caused our austerity

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Alan Shatter in Dundrum. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Church of Ireland suspended Christ Church services over centenary parade restrictions

Northern Ireland  First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster chats with British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott as they attend an event to mark the 1916 Rising at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Looks forward to future when mandatory coalition not necessary in Northern Ireland

The spires of Christ Church and St Audoen’s. Easter Sunday services at Christ Church Cathedral and six Church of Ireland parishes in Dublin city centre have been cancelled. Photograph: The Irish Times

Effort to reassure Church of Ireland over traffic restrictions for centenary parade

Denis Cowap, Mariana Varvara and her baby Luca, and Stuart Comerford after collecting food parcels from the Capuchin Day Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Campaigning priest Fr Kevin Crowley issues plea to next government on housing crisis

  Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston:  “We all have a moral and ethical responsibility to report suspected abuse to the civil authorities who are charged with protecting our society.”     Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Reports that mandatory reporting may ‘not necessarily’ be a bishop’s duty denied

Vatican commission for the protection of minors member Marie Collins has criticised the Holy See administration for some frustrating decisions. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Commission for protection of minors emphasises church’s duty to inform authorities

Archbishop Michael Neary invited voters ‘to ask their constituency candidates whether or not they support the sacredness of every human life’.

‘Very difficult’ for any Catholic to vote for candidate or party in favour of abortion

 Vera Baboun, Mayor of Bethlehem: “As long as Bethlehem . . . the city of peace is walled, peace is walled. How can the world live in peace as long as the origin of peace is walled?” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tourist cancellations were at 40 per cent in Bethlehem last Christmas

The Spires of Christ Church and St Audoen’s Church. Easter Sunday services at Christ Church Cathedral and six Church of Ireland parishes in Dublin city centre have had to be cancelled.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘There is a considerable sense of disappointment and sadness at this’, Church of Ireland says

 “Spare a thought for the great unsung heroes of such campaigns, the candidates’ families.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

On the campaign trail with Tom McGarry

Marie Collins: “I’m personally frustrated with the lack of co-operation from the curia and the fact it can be so detrimental to the work of the commission and the protection of children in the future.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Parts of Vatican not co-operating with child safety watchdog

Marie Collins: “The fact that criminal child abusers were being protected by their superiors needed to be known if it was to be stopped.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Survivor Marie Collins speaks of resistance, even though Pope approves of new plans

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

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