Rev Trevor Morrow: “very deeply concerned” recommendations would create similar conditions to those in Britain. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Although particulars vary, all faiths accept abortion allowed in narrow circumstances

John Bruton: “Does the right to human life not extend to humans before birth?”

Huge change in values has taken place since abortion referendum, says Mary O’Rourke

Iseult NicDiarmada from Gaelscoil Mide, Kilbarrack, Dublin 15 , enjoys  Snowy the rabbit at the Mansion House Live Crib. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Mansion House crib delights children as Luas-dodging farmer brings animals in daily

Bishop Kelly is himself a priest of Galway diocese and his appointment as Bishop there represents a break with the practise established  of appointing outsiders as bishop of any particular diocese.

Appointment breaks pattern of episcopal appointments from outside dioceses

Recently I received emails from London-based fashion designer Tom Cridland offering clothes that last 30 years – part of his campa(...)

The Irish phrase in the ‘Our Father’ translates as “don’t allow us into temptation”, rather than the “lead us not into temptation” of the English version.  Photograph: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

‘It’s Satan who leads us into temptation, that’s his department,’ says Pope Francis

 Minister for Health Simon Harris with  children from St James National School looking at a model of the new children’s hospital. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

European Investment Bank loan of €490 million for National Children’s Hospital

A Palestinian seeks cover during clashes at Huwwara checkpoint, near the West Bank City of Nablus. Clashes erupted after an announcement of a general strike and day of rage in protest at US president Donald  Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital. Photograph: EPA

Muslims reject Trump acceptance of holy city as ‘the capital of Zionist occupying forces’

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he was proceeding with plans to set up a new statutory registration board for counsellors and psychotherapists. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy may have no role post-2018

Amhrán na bhFiann displayed prior to a match in Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Amhrán na bhFiann’, out of copyright since 2012, was used to promote Dunnes Stores

In a word . . . Wish

I might persuade Kim Jong UN to enter the Rose of Tralee – as Pyongyang Rose

Clare Daly: she said “over 80 per cent of abortions are by pills”

Since 2013 just one woman lost an appeal of a decision refusing her an abortion

Homeless man sleeping on Kildare Street, Dublin. Intercounty players are organising sleep-outs on December 16th to draw attention to homelessness.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘We can no longer accept this level of inequality’ says Wexford star Diarmuid Lyng

Almost 600 defibrillators across the State require urgent safety updates to ensure they work in emergency situations, the Health Products Regulatory Authority has warned. Photograph: iStock.

Cardiac episode sufferers’ lives at risk in Ireland if defibrillator devices not checked

Recording the moment at the Irish Citizenship ceremony at the Convention Centre Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Do not forget your own country, your own people, your own traditions’, advises judge

I propose that the new brand for our Midlands should be ‘Tranquillity Ireland’

In a word . . . work

Then there were those secular Freudian sanctifications of work as sublimated lust

‘The word ‘Christmas’ no longers conveys the significance of the God who joined the human caravan and walked in our shoes,’ Catholic priest says

Catholics should substitute word ‘nativity’ for Christmas, Desmond O’Donnell says

Bernard Francis ‘Barney’ Casey was born in the US on November 25th 1870 to Irish immigrant parents

Fr Solanus Casey known for his attention to the sick and abilities as a spiritual counsellor

In a Word . . . women

For so long women were like ‘Indians’ in America before 1492 or Aborigines in Australia before 1770 – they didn’t exist!

Fr Ronan Drury: From Mullagh in Co Cavan, he was ordained in 1949. He died peacefully at Dublin’s Mater hospital on Thursday evening surrounded by his family and friends.

Priest ‘re-energised by the promise and possibilities of Vatican II’ dies at 93

Archbishop Eamon Martin: “The days when we could consider the priest as a lone ranger are long past.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eamon Martin tells of ‘downcast’ atmosphere among young priests at tumultuous time

Pope Francis after this week’s general audience in St Peter’s Square:  in 2013 he declared the founder of the Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle, “venerable”. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ETA

Catholic church explores how investments can promote solutions to climate crisis

Alice Leahy: “The politicians haven’t a clue, really.” Photograph: Jason Clarke

Politicians failing to approach homelessness via ‘basic human issues’, says campaigner

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “People have underestimated the effect of the [child sexual] scandals on young people.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Diarmuid Martin says gender issues a bigger factor in falling engagement than sex abuse

President Michael D Higgins, and his wife, Sabina, with Caitlyn Melia and Jake Anderson, students at St Patrick’s national school in Chapelizod, John Fitzsimons of Camara and Edel Gormley, acting principal of the school. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Camara ‘has changed the lives’ of two million people in Africa, the Caribbean and Ireland

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ordains James Daly and Bill O’ Shaughnessy to the priesthood for the Dublin Diocese. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Christian life ‘not about blindly following a pre-established rulebook or imposing rules’

Writer and broadcaster Olivia O’Leary with Dr Donald E Ross, president of St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin, on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Emojis are ‘the equivalent of a bunch of sterile filling-station forecourt flowers’

Census figures showed Ireland was experiencing fast growth in its Jewish population but a representative body has said it may have been a coincidence. Image: iStock.

Hundreds of families in high tech industries have returned to Israel since Census night

The information card issued to members of the Association of Catholic Priests on how to deal with abuse allegations.

Bishops accused of ignoring church guidelines and denying priests’ rights

 Fr Mark Patrick Hederman: “I never wanted to be a priest, never had the vocation.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Glenstal abbot says pandemic of child abuse and incest is a ‘religious problem’

A fan points to his chest as he shouts at West Bromwich Albion’s James McClean, who is wearing a shirt without a poppy. Photograph: Reuters

Footballer shows ‘great restraint and integrity in enduring these annual taunts’

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin who has been accused of holding negative views towards the Church. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘No reconciliation’ with Dublin priests following his response to 2009 Murphy report

The Bolsheviks came to power in Russia and established the Communist order which dominated there and eastern Europe for much of th(...)

Former Abbot of Glenstal Mark Patrick Hederman said most bishops were “more pleasant, less pompous, and more approachable that others from the past”. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Annual meeting of priests hears bishops ‘not all as bad as painted’

All our major churches are ageing and in decline.

Would the Celtic Tiger madness have overrun this country if schools had instilled Christian values?

Ireland ‘still has a good percentage of church attendance’ across the denominations. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fr Vincent Twomey says recent research shows ‘practical atheism’ has become norm in UK

 Sr Orla Treacy speaks to pupils at the Loreto secondary school in Rumbek, South Sudan, where she is principal.

‘Bravery and humanitarian commitment’ of Sr Orla Treacy recognised by awarding body

The vandalism at Errislannan Church of Ireland near Clifden. A GoFundMe online campaign has already raised over €20,000 towards repairs at the church.

Attack at Holy Trinity Church which caused €70,000 worth of damage blamed on juveniles

It may be a function of growing older – but as time goes by death does lose its sting

Market Square looking down Main Street Ballaghaderreen, Co  Rocommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

BBC-TV3 film follows Ghassan (21) and his family as they settle in to Roscommon town

The first official English-language translation of the rite of exorcism has been approved by the Catholic Bishops of the US. File photograph: Thinkstock

‘At no time should the exorcist be alone with an afflicted member of the faithful’

Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy board meeting at Castle Leslie cost of €1,500. Photograph: Alan Betson

Oustings come after revelation IACP spent €53,000 on committees in first half of year

Brian O’Doherty

Renowned international artist has said ‘Ireland does not appreciate its foreign achievers’

Bishop Paul Tighe: has been appointed secretary to the Council for Culture in the Vatican

Bishop Paul Tighe becomes secretary to the Council for Culture

In a Word . . . Knee

How war was averted when I marched on crutches against the Bush-Blair project of 2003

Ibrahim Halawa with Fr Seamus Fleming who made a presentation to welcome Ibrahim home after his four years in prison in Cairo.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dubliner says he is ‘taking time off’ with his family following his return from Egypt

The ransacked Holy Trinity Church of Ireland church on the Errislannan peninsula in Connemara, Co Galway  which was extensively damaged this week.

Archbishop says vandalism in was onnemara motivated by anti-Christian sentiment’

Archbishop Eamon Martin: “We should not ignore the fact that increasing numbers of Catholic children are no longer attending Catholic schools.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Archbishop claims State seeking to dilute right to access school with faith-based ethos

Ibrahim Halawa: the freed Irishman with media at Dublin Airport after spending four years in an Egyptian prison. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Freed Irishman vows to help innocent prisoners around the world

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Pluralism and democracy no licence to silence diverse views - Diarmuid Martin

IACP board accused of lack of transparency over €75,000 expenses, travel and spending

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran:  under Act, health workers ‘required to participate in what they believe to be fundamentally immoral’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bishop Kevin Doran says health workers ‘have no recourse to conscientious objection’

Prof Gerry Whyte from TCD. Photograph: Alan Betson

Prof Gerry Whyte of TCD’s Law School addresses conference on abortion in Athlone

 Ibrahim Halawa seen after he was freed from jail on Thursday. The Irish man has been issued a new Irish passport and is expected to return home within days.

Irish man’s release comes a month after he was found not guilty on several charges

A man was found dead at Adair Lane on Thursday morning at about 2am

Man in 30s discovered dead in Temple Bar, second man dies after being hospitalised

It is believed the three-metre high bronze ‘Mother and Baby’ statue was taken from a green area in Finglas. Photograph: Cllr Paul McAuliffe

Three-metre high bronze statue was taken from a green area in Finglas on Monday

Prof Mary Horgan will on Wednesday become the first woman president of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in its 363-year history. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Prof Mary Horgan backs vaccine use and does not consider herself a feminist

My late father believed he walked on water, unaided, and probably skipped and jumped as well without once sinking

Adelaide Road synagogue in  Dublin 2. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

Number of Jews in State reaches 2,557 with over half of them living in Dublin

The crude divorce rate in Ireland is 0.6 per cent, according to the Eurostat.

Couple must prove they are living apart for four years before they can divorce

Fr Pierre Pepper delivers mass at St Rynagh’s Roman Catholic Church in the village of Banagher County Offaly in March 2nd, 2015. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

People with no religion fastest growing part of Irish population

 Archbishop  Michael Jackson:  Photograph: ‘We were told two years ago that what happened to Jonathan Corrie would never happen again.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

‘People who were promised housing two years ago can expect to die on the street’

‘An exception was Pope Francis, widely recognised as “a good man driven by the basic insights of the gospel of Jesus Christ – mercy, justice, peace, love, reconciliation”.’  Photograph:  Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

A general failure exists to respect individual in Rome and within religious congregations

RTÉ presenter Sean O’Rourke responded on-air to a formal complaint made by Sinn Féin’s former director of publicity Danny Morrison. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Morrison complains to RTÉ over ‘water was too good for them’ reference to hunger strike

Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin emphasised the need for reconciliation between Christian faiths  at the Church of Ireland St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Catholics and Protestants should ‘combine’ efforts in speaking out on key ethical issues

If there were more non-drivers like us, consider how attractive our cities might be

In a word . . . angling

Consistent to both angling and porn is the heart as a lonely hunter

Ideology must not be allowed dominate debate over education in Ireland, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Archbishop of Dublin says Catholic schools have an imperative to serve the poorest

Six men have begun training for the Catholic priesthood at St Patrick’s College Maynooth this autumn, the lowest number since its foundation in 1795. Photograph: iStock

Church of Ireland has twice as many students starting ministry studies

St Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg Island. Photograph: David Sleator

Fr Laurence Flynn to take over as prior of Donegal pilgrimage shrine

Former president Mary McAleese taking wine after receiving Communion at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, in 1997. Photograph: Frank Miller

Development brings to mind president’s ‘wafergate’ furore of 1997

The inspectors found that Ataxia Ireland’s chief executive did not inform the charity’s other trustees of the existence of the €84,009 payments to her parents as trustees

‘I do not believe I have been given a fair hearing,’ says Barbara Flynn of Ataxia

When Mr Halawa is moved from the prison service to the security directorate, things should move quickly, said Mr Coveney. Photograph: Declan Walsh/The New York Times

Irish citizen was cleared of all charges relating to a protest in Cairo in August 2013

In a word . . . child

There is nothing as hilarious, or terrifying, as watching a toddler in full tantrum

A photograph of Jimmy Magee at his funeral in  Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Memory Man may be dead but his memory will live forever,’ says Fr Brian D’Arcy

The coffin of Pat Geraghty being carried out by former Munster players Anthony Horgan and Ronan O’Gara at St Patrick’s Church, Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Tom Honan

Funeral hears how he endured horrors of his illness ‘without a scintilla of self-pity'

Pope Pius XI (Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti, 1857-1939), photographed in February 1922. File photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Vatican emissary satisfied Terence MacSwiney hunger strike ‘seems not supported’

The ‘Looking Forward: A public conversation on the future of Catholic Schools in Ireland’, conference took place at the Notre Dame – Newman Centre, University Church, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Requirement for baptismal certificates on admission an issue mainly in south Dublin

Ibrahim Halawa celebrates moments after his acquittal by an anti-terrorism court outside Cairo. Photograph: Declan Walsh/The New York Times

Ibrahim’s release from Cairo prison may run into next week due to administrative delays

New York firefighters and rescue workers carry fatally injured fire chaplain Fr Mychal Judge from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York on  September 11th, 2001. File photograph: Shannon Stapleton/CNS photo/Reuters

Fire chaplain Fr Mychal Judge giving last rites when World Trade Center tower collapsed

The Halawa family look at the latest photograph of Ibrahim while celebrating at home in Firhouse, Dublin. From left: Nosayba, Omaima, (with her baby Abdullah), Khadija, Fatima and Somaia. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Halawa family thanks public for support over four-year ordeal on an emotional day

‘If over 90 per cent of our population claims religious affiliation then that is important to the people in our society,’ says Church of Ireland Dean of Waterford Maria Jansson.

Data shows Ireland is ‘neither post-Christian, nor secular’

Pope Francis smiles as he talks to journalists during a press conference on September 11. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AFP/Getty

Missal used at Mass described as sexist, archaic, elitist by priest group

In a letter sent to relevant customers this week AIB apologised for what had happened. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Spreadsheet containing data of 550 customers lost by bank employee

Prof Mary McAleese says it is “misleading” of the Vatican to tell the committee in 2013 that the terms “corporal punishment” or “punishment” were not used in the “Catechism of the Catholic Church”. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

UN Convention on Rights of the Child must be implemented in church teachings and canon law

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan with Cllr John King at the plaque unveiling   to commemorate the bravery of Lance-Sgt Jack Moyney VC,  in Rathdowney, Co Laois. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘As a nation we are now embracing the past in a more inclusive and and generous way’

In a word . . . Mayo

I’m losing my favourite game, I’m losing my mind again . . .

Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork Paul Colton (centre) with the Sam Maguire trophy for the All Ireland senior football championship winners. Photograph: Twitter.

Church of Ireland canon’s account of his family’s experience sparked ‘heated debate’

In a word . . . menial

Why the need to dress up lowly jobs?

Church of Ireland bishop the Most Rev Pat Storey spoke at DCU’s All Hallows campus as part of the Mary McAleese Women in Leadership lecture series. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Most Rev Pat Storey has spoken of the disbelief she has met while ‘breaking the stained-glass ceiling’

John Mitchel: supported slavery and the confederate side in the American Civil War

Patsy McGarry: Irish patriot was staunch backer of slavery and the US Confederacy

In a word . . . sublime

Nothing this year compared to Joe Canning’s last puc of the sliothar in the 74th minute

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was one of the senior figures from the Catholic Church to attend a two-hour meeting with the Taoiseach and Ministers on Thursday. Photograph: Johm McElroy

Taoiseach and a number of key Ministers meet with senior representatives of Catholic Church

 Peter Murphy, son of late Bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey was 17 when his story was made public. Photograph: Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe

Issue of priests having children is ongoing says Coping International founder

Last year’s census revealed there were 1,000 homeless children in Ireland, “but that figure now is 2,985”. Photograph: iStock

A campaign is aiming to put pressure on Government to solve a worsening problem

Bishop Denis Nulty with Fr Eugen Dragos in Romania. On his arrival in Ireland, Fr Eugen Dragos will spend time in Carlow, becoming acquainted with Irish life before appointment as curate to the Tinryland parish

‘Vocations are very good there, with a surplus of priests,’ says bishop

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said: “Plates fly in every family. There are, however, great families who struggle, at times heroically.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Thousands gather to mark one-year countdown to World Meeting of Families in Dublin

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