Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has backed calls for the establishment of an inquiry into deaths at  mother and baby homes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has backed calls for the establishment of an independent inquiry into mother and baby homes, saying it was impo(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said it was very important that any investigation should be separated from the church and State

Child safeguarding expert Ian Elliott has welcomed a suggestion that he be part of any investigation which may be set up by the State into mother a(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said it seemed those who were running mother and baby homes didn’t understand how to look after children.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has called for a properly constituted commission to examine issues raised by the discovery of a mass(...)

Bishop William Crean said that the new reports showed that the Cloyne diocese had come a long way.  Photograph: Catholic Communications Office /PA Wire

A special policy to facilitate whistleblowers concerned about possible clerical child sexual abuse should be established by the Diocese of Cloyne as p(...)

The National Board for Safeguarding Children  has now reviewed child protection practices in all 26 Catholic dioceses in Ireland, as well as those of eight religious congregations and two missionary societies. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The number of clerical child abuse allegations of a physical, emotional or sexual nature received by the Catholic Church child protection watchdog - t(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at home in Drumcondra: “My living quarters are smaller than [the pope’s].” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Not enough was done to help priests after the Murphy report into the handling of allegations of clerical child sex abuse was published in 2009,(...)

 Ian Elliott:  it was untrue of the board to say he had not responded to its correspondence. “We have been in communication through our respective lawyers.” Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

The Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog, its National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSC), has said i(...)

Bishop Noel Treanor: A statement from the bishops’ meeting made no reference to the dispute involving former board chief executive Ian Elliott and Bishop  Treanor of Down and Connor over the review of that diocese, published last December Photograph: McQuillan/ Pacemaker

The Catholic bishops have reaffirmed “their full commitment to the continuing implementation and development of best practice in rela(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: said the NBSC was an extremely important instrument for the church in Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

The National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSC) “is an extremely important instrument for the church in I(...)

 Ian Elliot: Says finding of the audit “do not reflect  findings from the fieldwork”. Photograph: David Sleator

Ian Elliott, who retired as chief executive of the Catholic Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSC(...)