Gena Heraty and Maeve Bracken, who work at an orphanage in Haiti: Ms Heraty will receive an award this week from Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Gena Heraty has been a lay missionary in Haiti for 23 years, caring for disabled children

The founders of the charity Concern Worldwide John and Kay O’Loughlin Kennedy at a reception hosted by the president in Áras an Uachtaráin in 2008. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Kay O’Loughlin Kennedy set up humanitarian agency with her husband in 1968

It is understood that   as many as four boys may have filmed some of the events surrounding the alleged attack on their phones. These were confiscated by the school authorities. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Gardaí say it is too early to know if anyone frustrated case being reported sooner

Up to 15 pupils gathered in dormitory when alleged hockey stick incident occurred


The headmaster’s house, Brooklawn House, at the King’s Hospital school in Palmerstown, Dublin

King’s Hospital ignored legal advice to immediately tell authorites about allegation

The headmaster’s house, Brooklawn House, at the King’s Hospital in Palmerstown, Dublin.

Church of Ireland governors express ‘sincere concern’ for 13-year-old boy and his family

Bishop of Meath and Kildare Pat Storey, one of the board of governors at the school.

Investigations by gardaí and Tusla into alleged incident at King’s Hospital School

 The Headmaster’s house, Brooklawn House at the King’s Hospital, in Palmerstown.

Garda, Tusla examine claim student attacked with hockey stick at King’s Hospital school

Pope John Paul II in Ireland: in 1979 more than a million people came to see the Pope in Phoenix Park

August 2018 trip likely to include Northern Ireland but all details yet to be worked out

Minister for Transport Shane Ross (left) with  Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at the launch of the Uefa Euro 2020 Host City Logo launch   in  Dublin last week. The Minister has confirmed Mr Kenny waved a copy of the Constitution at him during a Cabinet discussion on neutrality.  File photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Minister for Transport describes exchanges with Taoiseach as having been ‘very robust’

The Association of Catholic Priests  has  welcomed the papal visit “as an opportunity to engage with the issue of the ‘silencing’ of five of our priest-members”. File photograph: Getty Images

Association of Catholic Priests: Visit may be way to address issue of disciplined members

An injured Syrian girl lies on a stretcher outside a hospital in   Aleppo. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty

Doctors in party claim sanctions are killing more Syrian children than Islamic State

Maeve Walsh: impressed the judges with a dish of Kerry hill lamb. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Maeve Walsh (23), one of six finalists, will now work at Michelin star restaurant in UK

Participants at  the world record breaking ‘Geansaí Nollag’ 2016 challenge  on O’Connell Street.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Participants in Geansaí Nollag event up 25% as O’Connell Street lights switched on

Card games where a trump is a good thing

Former Clerys workers stage protest  outside the store in O’Connell Street, Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Siptu members demand justice for ex-staff at entrance to the Dublin department store

Colin Flinn: “Exploring the possibility of setting up a support network for LGB&T people over 18”

Group to be modelled on similar in Church of Ireland and Methodist Church

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin at the Crosscare food bank talking with foodbank manager Valerie Cummins in 2013. File photograph: John McElroy

Diarmuid Martin asks Dubliners to give to Crosscare food banks as demand increases

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Michael Jackson, in 2013 said the church opposed abortion but acknowledged there were cases of “strict and undeniable medical necessity” where it should be an option. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Church says complex issue ‘more suitably addressed through nuanced legislation’

Tony Ward, chairperson of the Save Roscommon campaign, in front of a sign welcoming drivers to Co Roscommon after driving over the bridge on the N4, a crossing point from Westmeath to Roscommon. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Proposal to move 30 sq km of the south county into Co Westmeath rejected by review

President Michael D Higgins and delegates from the Wolrd Jewish Congress at a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Michael D Higgins hosts reception for delegates from the World Jewish Congress

The Central Catholic Library was founded in 1922 and has more than 70,000 books.

Central Catholic Library is in financial difficulty as usage declines

President Michael D Higgins with Imam Hussein Halawa during a visit to the Islamic Cultural Centre, Clonskeagh, Dublin to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the centre. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

President commends Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin as it celebrates 20th anniversary

Pope Francis: “I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life.” Photograph: EPA

Pontiff: ‘Remaining only at the level of the law is equivalent to thwarting faith and mercy’

Pope Francis leads a Mass for the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy on November 20th. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

There is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach, says Pope Francis in Apostolic Letter

Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland: Designed by architects Michael Collins & Associates, it won a Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland award in 1997. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Clonskeagh busiest Islamic centre, with 1,200 praying daily

In a Word . . . charity

Charity will always be needed even though we have recently become suspicious of it

The Iona Institute has criticised a response by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission  to the Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill, 2016. File photograph: Getty Images

Christian group claims recommendations of rights body threatens faith formation in schools

Fr Dan O’Mahony of Achonry diocese said “new models of priesthood need to be looked at. A change of ‘uniform’ as well.”

Prelates ‘don’t want exclusive club changed’, Association of Catholic Priests meeting told

Fr Brendan Hoban said   priests were being bullied and were prone to depression with an increase in suicide rates over recent years, at the Association of Catholic Priests’s annual meeting. File photograph: Alan Betson

Fr Brendan Hoban says clerics are being turned into ‘sacrament-dispensing machines’

Minister for Education Richard Bruton is to set up a review into Caranua. Photograph: Alan Betson

70% of State organisation’s spending to date allocated to housing, says chief executive

The Islamic Cultural Centre in  Clonskeagh: the centre had “provided strong leadership over many years”, said Minister David Stanton. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Clonskeagh building was opened in 1996 by then president Mary Robinson

The Church of Ireland has appointed a new child protection officer for the Republic. Photograph: Frank Miller

Gabriel Chrystal brings range of experience from work with police forces in Britain

 Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Tipperary, which was a mother and baby home operated by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from 1930 to 1970. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Call made in letter to Taoiseach by a former top official with HSE child and family services

Recently returned Irish emigrants are being asked to share their experiences of coming home in a survey launched by Crosscare Migrant Project. Photograph: iStock

Survey is intended to help other people prepare for their move back to Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: told in letter there was “undeniable evidence of cases of forced adoption within the mother-and-baby homes”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach told he could face charges if forced adoption inquiry not set up by end of month

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin delivered the sermon at evensong in Christ Church Cathedral following an invitation from the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Debate between faith and culture vital for healthy growth of pluralist society, says Archbishop

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin: “As I understand it, O’Brien was never an employee of the cathedral,” says former dean Robert Mac Carthy. Photograph: Dennis Flaherty

Wider Church of Ireland community ‘deeply dismayed’ at nature and extent of offences

People vote at a polling station in  a church in Fairfax, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8th, 2016. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

81 per cent of self-identified white, born-again or evangelical Christians say they voted Trump

 Conferred studetns Carolyn O’Neill, Lara Magdalena Szczepaniak, Helen Roland, Jian Ler Ang and Uao De Heng with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Recent economic recession in Ireland was ‘a crisis about values,’ says Archbishop

Pope Francis  in Sweden, marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Photograph: EPA/Jonas Ekstroemer

ACI also calls on bishops in Ireland to make their views known to Pope Francis

Association of Catholic Priests co-founder Fr Tony Flannery  has criticised a letter sent by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference missive described as ‘a sugar-coated push-off’

The 80th anniversary edition of Reality magazine.

Irish publication has fallen foul of the Vatican and was deemed ‘dangerous’ in 1960s

The new abbot of the Benedictine monastery at Glenstal Abbey in Murroe, Co Limerick, has been installed. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fr Brendan Coffey received archbishop’s blessing during Mass over the weekend

Catholic  Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin has repeated the apology he made in June 2014 for the hurt to mothers and babies caused by the church. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eamon Martin expresses regret over treatment of mothers ahead of ITV documentary

Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick (left) with  Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin. Bishop Leahy said falling Mass attendances and a shortage of priests could soon mean some churches in Limerick ‘will have Mass every second Sunday or one Sunday a month’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Bishop warns parts of diocese may ‘have Mass every second Sunday or one Sunday a month’

Family and members of the Cavaliers Cricket Club at the funeral of Fergus Linehan in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A theatre man who was ‘an appallingly bad actor’ and a dad who loved unconditionally

The Irish Midwives Association  has expressed deep concern over a High Court case in which it emerged that the HSE attempted to force a woman to have a caesarean section against her will.  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

IMA expresses concern over HSE’s attempt to force a woman to undergo procedure

 View of the marble slab stone that covered the tomb of Jesus Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in the old city of Jerusalem, Israel. Photograph: Abir Sultan

Tomb has been covered by marble cladding since at least 1555 but most likely for centuries before that

A view from the Roscommon side of the river Shannon, close to Athlone town centre. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘We will not be proceeding with this land grab,’ says Minister of plan for Athlone area

Salvaged: one of the telegraph machines from the sunken ship   ‘Lusitania’.  Photograph: Eoin McGarry

Nearly 1,200 died when the ship sank after being struck by a torpedo in May 1915

A member of street performance troupe Macnas participates in their 30th-anniversary  Halloween parade  in Galway, Ireland. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Catholic Church created the day, but the Irish fixation on hell influenced its evolution

Dublin archdiocese suggested every parish “have a funeral ministry team”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin archdiocese also advises on suitable music, mementoes and personal tributes

Brother Philip Mulryne (38), who won 27 caps with Northern Ireland, will be ordained a priest next year

On 800th anniversary, Dominican Order bucks declining priesthood trend in Ireland

Galway, Donegal and Gallagher’s ‘gal’ conjure up the idea of being foreign

The new Catholic Bishop of Killaloe, Fintan Monahan, has appealed to road users to be extra vigilant over the October Bank Holiday weekend amid an increase in road deaths. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fintan Monahan says the loss of life on Irish roads this year is ‘a tragedy for our society’

The Cutting Edge programme was said to include “patronising, ill informed, ignorant and insensitive comments” which should have been challenged by host Brendan O’Connor.

Indignant reaction from clerics comes in wake of RTÉ ‘Cutting Edge’ programme

Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Richard Clarke: “Although there were few shocks in what we learned, it was by any standards a necessary reality check.” Photograph:

Survey in 2013 found average of 15.5% of church population went to Sunday services

Fianna Fáil frontbench spokesman on sport Robert Troy said the “party has great reservations” about the GAA-Sky broadcasting deal. Photographs: The Irish Times

Dublin councils set to line up with provincial colleagues on return of free-to-air platform

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: Speaking at a Mass in the Pro-Cathedral he said at 11 years of age  he was “stunned by the 1956 uprising in Hungary. It seemed to be a moment which would change history”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Diarmuid Martin appeals for small nations to be protected amid ‘harsh realpolitik’

Pope Francis: His visit  to Sweden is intended to shift the emphasis from any perception of possible conflict between the Catholic and Protestant churches to one of communion. Photograph: Tony Gentile/AP Photo

Ecumenical commemorations are part of marking the anniversary of the Reformation

“You are not guests or visitors. You are here by right and are the same as any other citizen,” Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney told the conference on Muslims’ representation in the media. Photograph: Getty Images

Press Ombudsman says he has not received a single complaint about press coverage

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin pictured at  Kilmainham Gaol last Sunday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘A place of nobility, idealism’ and of things representing ‘deeper dimensions of humanity’

The Keep Gaelic Games Free to Air campaign was set up “to draw attention to the exclusion of so many loyal GAA members, volunteers and supporters as a result of the policy shift taken by the GAA”.

GAA urged to ensure supporters see football and hurling games on ‘free-to-air’ television

In a Word . . . Drive

As our roads get set to welcome intelligent cars, which way should we steer?

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

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