Irish clerical child abuse survivor Mark Vincent Healy (54) told Pope Francis (above) of his concerns about rates of self-harm and suicide among survivors during a meeting in the Vatican today.  Photograph: Nicola Lanese/EPA.

The second Irish clerical child abuse survivor to meet Pope Francis this morning was Dubliner Mark Vincent Healy (54). The meeting lasted for approxim(...)

At the launch of Towards Peace, Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary said it was “so disconcerting that a ministry which ought to have brought hope and healing instead brought harm and hurt and left in its wake brokenness, betrayal and disillusionment”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Towards Peace, a new spiritual support service for people whose faith has been damaged by clerical abuse and its handling by church authorities, was l(...)

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(...)

In general the Benedictine Community in Glenstal Abbey has managed the concerns that have arisen well, the review found. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Ten allegations of child abuse have been made against six Benedictine monks at Glenstal Abbey in Co Limerick since January 1st, 1975.The National Boar(...)

Progress in child safeguarding remains ‘slower’ for religious congregations and missionary societies, the Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog has found. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Progress in child safeguarding remains “slower” for religious congregations and missionary societies, the Catholic Church's child protection watchd(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, speaking during a conference in February. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese has received a glowing report following a review of its child safeguarding practices by the Church’s child protection wa(...)

Conducted by the church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children, the reviews published today will include those for the four remaining dioceses to be audited: the archdiocese of Dublin and the Cloyne, Meath and Killaloe dioceses. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The fifth tranche of reviews by the Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog will be published today. Their publication will complete the first rou(...)

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 of Dublin Diarmuid Martin will be 10 years in that role on Saturday next. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times 3:42

The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin will be 10 years in that role on Saturday next, April 26th. He reflects on the past decade in an inter(...)

 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(...)