The Vatican found a canonical court was correct in its decision to uphold complaints against a former Cork priest. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

A former priest in the Diocese of Cloyne has lost his appeal against dismissal from the priesthood after the Vatican found that a canonical court was (...)

The remains of Valerie Greaney are welcomed at St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The sun had reached its zenith in the sky and was casting a silver sheen across the channel between Spike Island and Haulbowline in Cork Harbour as re(...)

A Garda at the scene of the double fatal stabbing in Cobh, Co. Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Postmortems have begun on the bodies of a couple who died from stab wounds at their home in Cork on Sunday. Michael and Valerie Greaney were both foun(...)

‘Pope Francis has made the environment a core aspect of his papacy. In the homily of his inauguration Mass, he explained that “protecting all creation [and] respecting the environment in which we live” is the responsibility of everyone.’ Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Our planet is a beautiful and fruitful place. The land, seas and sky work in harmony to provide us with everything we need to maintain life. We depend(...)

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(...)