Parents Thomas and Helen O’Driscoll (centre) walk in front of the cortege carrying coffins bearing the bodies of their twin sons Thomas and Patrick O’Driscoll outside the Holy Cross Parish Church in Charleville. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Society must increase its efforts to understand the depair young men sometimes feel, a priest has told mourners at the funeral of three young brother(...)

Bishop William Crean of Cloyne prepares to speak on the review of child safeguarding in the diocese by the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

That no child safeguarding case management files existed in the Divine Word (SVD) Missionary congregation prior to 2013 was “of great concern and i(...)

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(...)

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(...)

  Cardinal Sean Brady: “For far too long we have allowed global hunger and local poverty to be seen as tolerable,’’ he said. “The fact is this – we can solve the problem of hunger and poverty, if we decide to do so.’’  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady has urged Irish people to join the campaign against world hunger in his Christmas message.He said he invited (...)

A spokesman for HSE South said yesterday an ambulance was called to the Tir Cluain Housing Estate at 6.41pm on Saturday and was onsite by 6.59pm to tend to James Casey Butler. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Health Minister Dr James Reilly has asked for a report on the circumstances around the death of a seven-year-old boy a day after falling into a(...)