Minister for Children James Reilly said funds would be made available to Judge Yvonne Murphy to conduct the inquiry into mother and baby homes. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Children James Reilly has said the Government is “determined” exchequer money should be prioritised towards services for people, rather (...)

Judge Yvonne Murphy: UCD awarded her an honorary degree of doctor of laws last December, citing several of her achievements including being called to both the English and Northern Irish Bar. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Judge Yvonne Murphy’s appointment as chairwoman of the commission of investigation into matters related to mother and baby homes is her latest such ro(...)

Part of a  protest last month following the revelations about the Tuam mother-and-baby home and deaths babies in other  State-run institutions. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has appointed Judge Yvonne Murphy to chair the Commission of Investigation into mother-and-baby homes. However, speaking this afternoon(...)

 ‘FrKevin Reynolds’s forgiving vindication highlighted another strand in the tapestry of Irish Catholic ministry: brave service in adversity.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The revelation in 1992 that an Irish Catholic bishop had fathered a child didn’t look then like the onset of two decades of PR winter for Catholic cle(...)

  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin:   “The children who were abused and their families and dear ones must be uppermost in our minds”.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said children who were abused by priests must be remembered during any criticisms of the Murphy report.He sai(...)

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan: “It is a matter of regret to me that people did not receive the appropriate attention and action from the Garda Síochána to which they were entitled.”

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has expressed regret at how gardaí referred to in newly published chapter the Murphy report dealt with allegations (...)

Three former Archbishops of Dublin have been criticised in trenchant terms in a previously unpublished section of a report on the handling of child ab(...)

Tony Walsh (56),  Bunratty Road, Coolock, Dublin, pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault. Photograph:  Collins

A former priest who received a 16-year prison sentence for the sexual abuse of nine boys in the 1970s and 1980s has admitted abusing two other boys.To(...)

The role of women in Irish society has changed radically saud the  Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin today

RONAN McGREEVY The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he told Pope John Paul II that he was wrong about the rapid secularisat(...)

 Abuse victim James Moran speaking to the media outside court today  after former priest Patrick McCabe received an 18-month jail sentence for indecently assaulting him and another young boy in the 1970s. He said said McCabe’s sexual assault had blighted his life. Photograph: Courtpix

A former priest whose abuse of children in the 1970s and 1980s was featured in the Murphy report will walk free this weekend after an 18-month (...)