In a Word . . . Shower

Sprinkling water is linked with tinkling sound falling on deaf, over-shampooed ears

Colleen McDonagh with her six children, Michael (11), Chloe (10), Sandra (8), John (6), Ger (4) and Ann-Harper (1). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Colleen and John McDonagh and their six children have been homeless since Monday

Calls by former president Mary Robinson for people to give up meat in the interests of climate justice have been criticised by farmers.  File photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Industry reacts with anger to former president’s statement on climate justice

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said Traveller identity must be given legal protection. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Diarmuid Martin: Travellers ‘remain among most disadvantaged educationally’

Former president Mary Robinson said: “We have to change, we cannot go on with business as usual. We need each of us to think about our carbon footprint. Eat less meat, or no meat at all. Become vegetarian or vegan. Let’s commit to the Paris agreement.” File photograph: Getty Images

Michael Fitzmaurice takes issue with climate statement at One Young World summit

Under Article 40 of the Constitution, it is stated that: “ The publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law.” File photograph: Getty Images

President and judges must take oath referring to ‘Almighty God’ on assuming office

Abuse campaigner Christine Buckley had been in Dublin’s Goldenbridge orphanage as a child

Abuse survivor criticises Government on lack of movement on planned memorial in Dublin

The 2009 Ryan Report recommended that 18 religious congregations  pay about half of the cost of the €1.5 billion redress scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson

State asked bodies to pay €725 million for victims but they have offered €480 million

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: “The demand for Catholic schools is strong. The demand for other forms of patronage is growing. The process of diversification is still too slow.” File photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP Photo

‘Demand for other forms of patronage is growing... process of diversification still too slow’

A stained glass window from St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Monkstown Co Dublin.

St Patrick’s is part of Dublin parish formed a week before Catholic Emancipation in 1829

Archivists Noelle Dowling  and Brian Kirby with  Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin at exhibition in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Gives a glimpse into a dimension of 1916 which could easily be overlooked’

In a word ... matrimony

Since 1988 the National Lottery has raised over € 4.7 billion for community projects and individuals

Largest lotto amount ever won in Co Leitrim

Dublin’s Philip McMahon grapples with Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea in the drawn All-Ireland final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Local authority joins Galway Co Council in call to ensure games shown ‘for all to see’

Sleeping rough in Dublin. The Simon Community’s chief executive has defended the charity’s €7.55m salary bill for 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Charity counts finds 168 sleeping on street and 60 more on Merchants Quay cafe floor

In their “Affirmation” academics defending church teaching say they “hold that the church’s teaching on contraception is true and defensible on the basis of scripture and reason”. Photographs: Getty Images

Rival documents published by leading academics on artificial means of birth control

Dublins James McCarthy and Mayo’s Aiden O’Shea during last Sunday’s All Ireland final in Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Council passes motion rejecting GAA deal with Sky or any other subscription service

 Alice Leahy, director of the Alice Leahy Trust, has warned the ‘research industry’ against using the homeless ‘as its source of material’. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Alice Leahy warns against using the disadvantaged ‘as source material’ in address

Cork woman Mary Elmes, who helped Jewish children escape from Nazis during the second World War.

Mary Elmes risked her life to save Jewish children during the second World War

In June alone 3,169 unaccompanied children arrived in Italy while 2,390 unaccompanied children have been referred to EKKA (Greek National Centre for Social Solidarity). File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Under EU relocation scheme Ireland committed to accept 2,622 refugees

Former Irish president Mary McAleese: “It needs to be removed in conscience, in justice and . . . it has no basis in divine law”. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Former president joins more than 100 academics in signing ‘Scholars’ Statement’

Some residents at the Oberstown Detention Campus, Dublin (above) climbed up onto the roof of one of the buildings. During a stoppage by staff last month, children were confined to their bedrooms but some escaped and a major fire broke out. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Children says review ‘timely’ in ensuring safety of all at Oberstown

Censured priest Fr Brian D’Arcy described his reaction on finding out that his friend Fr Michael Cleary had two children as one of absolute shock. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Priest says actor Frank Kelly struggled with conscience over Fr Jack role in Fr Ted show

In a word . . . Mayo

File photograph of Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin  in Dublin’s  Pro-Cathedral. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Catholic Pro-Cathedral will host sung prayers and tribute to Padraig Pearse

‘Through our experiences in Ireland, we know the frustration caused by a seemingly endless cycle of conflict and the ever-present temptation to despair. We want to bring you hope,’ Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin said. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘We too have had armed soldiers on our streets’, Eamon Martin tells Bethlehem mayor

“The implications for all ordained ministers are frightening.” File photograph: Getty Images

Fr Tim Hazelwood asks why church authorities give weight to anonymous allegations

Of the seven games Mayo played on their way to next Sunday’s All Ireland final with Dublin, just two were shown on RTÉ or any terrestrial channel in the Republic. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland manager Senator John O’Mahony asks that Minister for Sport clarify situation

Our Lady Queen of Peace church is across the road from St Vincent’s hospital and sometimes the car park is full – but not with churchgoers. Library photograph: iStock

People wishing ‘to light candle or say a prayer’ get 45 minutes parking opposite St Vincent’s

The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has criticised France’s attitude to religion. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Church of Ireland primate accuses the state of lacking an understanding of faith

Athy activist who asked women to resign ‘will not be intimidated out of the parish’

Jacinta O’Donnell and Geraldine Flanagan were asked to resign form church positions

In a Word ... Hospice

Michael Frain, chief fire officer and chair of the Roscommon Leader Partnership in Ballaghaderreen, Co Rocommon .Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Town in Co Roscommon not alone as streets empty of residents and small businesses

Pádraig Mulligan with Frank Giblin and Colin McCusker in Mulligan’s Hardware and Bar, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

With ‘imagination and encouragement’ this Roscommon town could be ‘a lot better’

Jacinta O’Donnell and Geraldine Flanagan married in July and stepped down from leadership positions in the St Michael’s Parish  Church choirs in Athy due to what they described as pressure by Anthony Murphy. Image: Google Streetview

Athy activist who asked women to resign ‘will not be intimidated out of the parish’

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone at Leinster House  in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

High Court judge found rights of the unborn extend beyond the right to life last month

Cllr Shaun Cunniffe noted how, because of the GAA-Sky Sports deal, five of the six games involving All-Ireland finalists Mayo this year could be seen only by people who could afford Sky Sports. File photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Five of six Mayo games this year ‘only available’ to those who could afford Sky Sports

LÉ James Joyce rescues a migrants in the  Mediterranean Sea  last month. Photograph: Defence Forces

Award for humanitarian work set to be presented at ceremony next month

Fr Ignatius Spencer

Fr Ignatius Spencer visited Ireland seeking prayers for conversion of England to Catholicism

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin  has called for a ‘revolutionary campaign’ against poverty in Ireland. File photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP Photo

Diarmuid Martin calls for ‘revolutionary campaign’ to fight hunger and homelessness

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

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