President Michael D Higgins: visit to Ethopia, Malawi and South Africa intended to strengthen bilateral relationships. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘We now face a turning point in the relationship between Ireland and Africa’

Former Fine Gael leader John Bruton: “The 1916 leaders explicitly took the opposite side in this war to their fellow Irishmen in the trenches.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Use of violence in Rising did not meet a criterion for just war, says former taoiseach

 Louis O’Neill addresses staff at a presentation to mark his retirement in the Irish Times newsroom. Photograph: Frank Miller

Courageous executive ‘steered business through some of its most difficult years’

President Michael D Higgins said   ‘as a nation we remain very conscious of the enormous debt of gratitude we owe to those who have left these shores over so many years, often reluctantly’. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Michael D Higgins presents distinguished service awards for Irish abroad at the Áras

In a word . . .

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Inconsistencies revealed in support for those alleging clerical child sex abuse

Archbishop Richard Clarke:“there is hopelessness in our land that we must also challenge in the name of Jesus Christ.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘People want to see hope, they want to believe’



 Cardinals and bishops attend the Mass for the closing of Extraordinary Synod held by Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square  in the Vatican City. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Concluding Relatio Synodi document is part of a longer, three-year journey

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