A computer-generated image of the planned new national maternity hospital.

All medical procedures permitted in Irish law will be provided for, hospital group says

The  St Roch statue  has become a focus of prayer at the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians on Dublin’s Navan Road since it re-opened for private prayer recently. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Constant stream of people’ praying to statue at Church of Our Lady Help of Christians

Even incorrigible optimists know that every silver lining comes with a cloud

The consultants  said they were ‘hugely excited’ at the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street to Elm Park. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Catholic Church teachings will have ‘no authority ’ at Elm Park, says canon lawyer

St Vincent’s University Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital at Elm Park, will transfer to a new ‘not for profit’ body.

Transfer is seen as removing an obstacle to building the new National Maternity hospital

The man, in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene

Garda appeal for witnesses to incident which took place at 7. 15pm on the M1 northbound

Dr Ali Al Saleh (centre, in white) said that Covid-19 spared no race, no region and ‘has put us away from our churches, our mosques, our prayer places’ but it was also ‘an opportunity to show the strength of our faith.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Recovered Muslim leader thanks healthcare staff for ‘sacrificing themselves to save us’

About 40% of the world’s population do not have facilities to wash their hands with soap and water at home.

Unicef flags mounting pressure from pandemic on systems in developing countries

Molli Ní Mháille de Búrca, with parents Amanda and Michael, and sister Shayna.

Molli Ní Mháille de Búrca suffers from genetic condition that causes her muscles to waste

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said preparations should be made for a full reopening of Catholic churches in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says churches should begin ‘preparing a detailed plan’

Priests do not qualify for the Government Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Photograph: iStock

Dublin archdiocese facing mounting financial crisis with priests’ wages cut by a quarter

Josephine Silo (103) pictured with Sr Stella (left) and healthcare assistant Joanna Dillon Radbury at the Sacred Heart Residence in Raheny, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘It wasn’t too bad. I had a cough, that is all’ says Josephine Silo

What did we do when we weren’t allowed out?

Dr Peter Boylan: Governance arrangements for the new National Maternity Hospital should be the same as those for the new National Children’s Hospital which is co-located with St James’s Hospital. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Call for correspondence between Sisters of Charity and Vatican to be made public

National Maternity Hospital at the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus

Formal approval removes one of remaining barriers to building new maternity hospital

Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ and Msgr Kevin Gillespie celebrate Mass in St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny, Co Donegal in March. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Alan McGuckian outlines social distancing and hygiene requirements in letter to diocese

Fr William Stuart with Syrian refugees in camp near Tyre, Lebanon.

Fr William Stuart says situation is critical in Lebanon camp. ‘People are starving’

Eloise (8), left, and Lucia McDonnell (10) ran 10km to raise money for the Mayo-Roscommon Hospice

Donations made to Navajo nation in honour of Choctaw famine assistance

Places of worship where social distancing can be maintained may be reopened on July 20th

Slightly larger attendance at funerals scheduled from June 8th with churches to reopen on July 20th

 Ronan O’Keefe and Lucy Mathews were to be married in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, on Saturday.

‘Your bridal whites become the grey of scrubs/The dress a gown and boots, the veil a visor’

As an engineer, one of Thomas Hardiman’s proudest achievements was being elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 1980 for his services to science. Photograph: Courtesy RIA

Ex-RTÉ chief served at broadcaster during tense period of relations with government

. . . Queue

Those taking part have in quizzes, so far, dressed in daft hats, as cartoon characters, and as the cast of Father Ted.

‘I decided to turn house arrest into an opportunity to do some good’, says Will Keane

The percentage of couples opting for a non-religious marriage ceremony grew to 41 per cent last year. Photograph: iStock

CSO data show 43.6% of ceremonies Catholic compared with 41% civil or Humanist

A file image of Communion dress for sale at a Dublin market. The Archbishop of Dublin has said there is ‘absolutely no way’ Confirmation or First Holy Communion services will take place in Dublin during May and June. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Appeal to Travellers to abide by HSE Covid-19 guidelines on funerals during pandemic

In a Word...

....heroes. Patsy McGarry

Pilgrims at Knock for the Feast of the Assumption in 2006. File photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin diocese pilgrimage will now take place virtually due to Covid-19 pandemic

Dr Ali Selim: Muslim scholars had taken medical advice on whether drinking water should be waived this year

Large devotional gatherings or celebrations will not take place

Clongowes Wood College in Co Kildare is run by the Jesuits, as well as Belvedere College and Gonzaga in Dublin.

First Covid-19 case in small south Dublin care home was confirmed last week

Retired archbishop of Dublin John Neill and his wife Betty. Photograph: An Garda Síochána Kilkenny/Carlow/Facebook

John Neill says he is ‘extremely annoyed’ over clarification cocooning is not mandatory

Physical distancing has not proven such a trial for us Irish. Just don’t try to ban speech

Irish Hospice Foundation chief executive Sharon Foley said ‘dying alone is hugely problematic both for the dying person and their families’. Photograph: Getty Images

Ideally, family member should be permitted stay with dying relative, charity says

Dr Seán Healy of Social Justice Ireland:  “There is no going back to the old way of doing things.” Photograph: Alan Betson

FF-FG programme for government most significant, says St Vincent de Paul

 Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran: ‘Today in Ireland, and around the world, sacrifices are being asked for what would not have been thought possible three months ago.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kevin Doran pays tribute to healthcare workers ‘putting lives on the line’ in Covid-19 pandemic

Trócaire’s  chief executive Caoimhe De Barra said, “Coronavirus is now present in all the countries we work in.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Agency benefits almost three million of world’s poorest people every year

Our civilisation . . . needs to downshift, take stock and renew itself,” Pope Francis said. Photograph: EPA

Universal basic income would ensure ‘no worker without rights’, pope says

Nothing is simple anymore – even ordering a cup of coffee

Dr Ali Al Saleh (63), Imam at Ireland’s main Shi’a mosque in Dublin’s Milltown, was hospitalised in St James’s Hospital where he spent six days in ICU, including three on a ventilator. File image: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

‘Doctors and nurses are making sacrifices to save our lives, we need to support them,’ says Dr Ali Al Saleh

Covid-19 ‘has cruelly restricted our capacity to draw close to families who are bereaved’, Archbishop Eamon Martin has said. File photograph: Tom Honan

‘Millions of people across the country are gathering virtually for Mass each week’

Redemptoristine nuns at their Monastery of St Alphonsus in Drumcondra. The nuns are video-streaming mass from the monastery to counter the Covid-19 movement restrictions. Photograph by Crispin Rodwell

Coronavirus pandemic brings Redemptoristine Sisters closer to the public

The Chinese ambassador said the HSE “has done a very great job in securing such a large amount of PPE in such a short time”. Photograph: Getty Images

Ambassador says Chinese suppliers are working with HSE to make sure unsatisfatory items will be replaced by ‘suitable’ ones

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: “We owe a great deal to those who bear the responsibility of leadership at this moment, especially in the front line.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Restrictions placing ‘great strain’ on clergy still in active ministry, archbishop says

A theatre in the private Beacon Hospital in Dublin. A consultant has warned that the temporary nationalisation of such facilities could lead to deaths of people reliant on private health services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Prof Michael O’Keefe says temporary nationalisation during pandemic could lead to deaths

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said  on Sunday that the past week had seen the nation ‘working hard, together, by staying at home to flatten the curve’ of coronavirus cases. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

HSE says it plans to double the number of Covid-19 tests carried out each day to 4,500

Disgraceful behaviour and probably immoral – I do it all the time

Cardinal Charles Bo: “When the virus first emerged, the authorities in China suppressed the news,” he said. Photograph:  Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

‘We must not be afraid to hold this regime to account,’ writes Cardinal Charles Bo

Above, Fr Paddy Stanley saying Mass in St Brendan’s Church, Coolock. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

No public holy week or Easter ceremonies in cathedrals or churches due to coronavirus

Sé O’Hanlon (78), who does a 2km circuit from his home, says he has not been stopped by gardaí on his bike yet. ‘I wear sunglasses.’

Sé O’Hanlon wants exceptions to 2km exercise restrictions for some over 70s

File photograph: iStock

Significant numbers of Irish Catholic priests cocooned in their homes as they are over 70

People wearing facemasks in Dublin’s city centre due to Covid-19. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Older people seen out in shops, believing they are exception to stay at home message

Brendan and Breda Butler safely indoors in their home in Malahide, Co Dublin: they will take refuge in reading. Photograph: Tom Honan

In their 70s, Dublin couple Brendan and Breda Butler feel hemmed in by cocooning

Photograph: iStock

Young people are not the only ones reading oddly titled books these days

All Catholics suffering from or caring for those with coronavirus are to be granted a plenary indulgence by the Vatican. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli / AFP via Getty Images

Bishops recommend no removal at funerals and advise priests against visiting sufferers

Sunshine illuminates the back stone at the 5,000-year-old burial chamber at the start of the spring equinox at Loughcrew. Photograph: Alan Betson

Quartodecimanism stands for ‘the 14th’, with the -ism suggesting ideology

Christ Church cathedral

Cancellation of some other church gatherings now extends to end of June

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said it is ‘utter irresponsibility’ not to maintain social distance during the coronavirus pandemic. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

CofI bishop Paul Colton calls for ‘all-Ireland’ approach to mass gatherings to be established

 Visitors to Dublin sit in a coffee shop on St Stephens Green on the eve of St Patrick’s Day ahead of what will be a very scaled back national holiday due to the coronavirus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Coronavirus outbreak means social gatherings limited, parades off and pubs closed

Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Phonsie Cullinan said that “ringing of church bells is a call to prayer – wherever you are – and a reminder of the faith that has sustained the people of our island throughout the centuries.” File photograph: Getty Images

‘The bell ringing is an encouragement to care for one other, and remain hopeful at this time’

An  empty car park as Fr Paddy Stanley  says the Sunday 9.30am mass in St Brendan’s Church, Coolock, Dublin which was closed to the public but broadcast live on the webcam. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘They say that in Wuhan, after so many years of noise, you can hear the birds again’

In a word... Lady

Attendance at church funerals is limited to 100 people. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Dublin’s Protestant cathedrals, St Patrick’s and Christ Church, now closed to tourists

Passengers are checked as they leave Milan’s  main train station: Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte announced the lockdown would be extended to the whole country as it was its  “darkest hour”. Photograph: Antonio Calanni

Varadkar delivers bleak assessment of potential outcome of coronavirus spread

Public gatherings ‘such as a church services, gatherings at funeral homes, residences, crematorium chapels etc should not take place’, the Irish Association of Funeral Directors said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Undertakers’ group issues guidelines urging delay of services and restrictions on contact

Earlier this week the Health Service Executive issued a guidance for churchgoers, advising that holy water fonts should not be used and the sign of the peace should be suspended.

Mass-goers struggle to ditch the habit of dipping fingers into holy water fonts – despite HSE warnings

There’s a bus I get from Ballaghaderreen that is scheduled for 16.24pm. Not 16.20. Not 16. 25. But 16.24. Such irrelevant precision. Photograph: iStock

Being wrong is one thing, but insisting on being so precisely wrong is provocative

Dr Umar al Qadri, head Imam at the Islamic Centre of Ireland, said its mosque in Blanchardstown is attended on Fridays by over 400 people. File photograph: Alan Betson

Mosque at Mecca closed for first time in 1,400 years to avoid spreading infection

 Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland. File Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Church must say how it commended ‘a man whose predatory proclivities it was aware of’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was minister for children when the 2002 deal indemnifying all 18 religious congregations against any future legal actions taken against them by survivors of abuse in the institutions they ran was agreed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mary Laffoy tells documentary government ‘resistance’ led to resignation from abuse commission

In a Word: Suit

‘It was probably the most interviewed suit in Ireland’

Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland welcomed proposed laws which make it clear religious bodies cannot be compelled to be involved with same-sex marriages. File photograph: iStock

North’s Catholic bishops say no religious body should be ‘compelled’ to endorse gay marriage

Mary McAleese: in a letter to The Irish Times, the former president, Prof David Ford and poet Micheal O’Siadhail praised the courage of the women who came forward. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Former president offers praise and support for victims of charity’s founder Jean Vanier

The Jewish Representative Council of Ireland plans to write to every member of the new Dáil and Seanad to highlight the risk of anti-Semitism. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The  Irish Times

Parties should adopt internationally-recognised working definition, says representative body

Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche and Faith & Light charities, died last May. Photograph: Steve Schapiro/Getty Images

Founder of disability charity L’Arche abused six women and maintained link to disgraced mentor

Mairead Boland-Brabazon,  CEO of L’Arche Ireland: ‘People are very shocked and really disappointed.’  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Jean Vanier revelations spark concern over charity's finances

L’Arche International, which assists people with intellectual disabilities and has four centres in Ireland, was founded by Jean Vanier. Photograph: Getty Images.

Diarmuid Martin reacts to findings of report on late disabilities network founder Jean Vanier

The Muslim Council of Britain has criticised Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary for his remarks. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

‘You can’t say stuff, because it’s racism, but it will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion’

Jean Vanier died last May aged 90. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty

Source calls report’s findings into Jean Vanier ‘devastating, just bloody devastating’

A report to be published on Tuesday has found L’Arche founder Jean Vanier was implicated in the sexual abuse of women.

L’Arche, which helps people with intellectual disabilities, has four communities in Ireland

In a Word . . .

. . . vegan. Patsy McGarry

The pupils of Kildare Place School sing Christmas carols at the 2019 Black Santa sit-out at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin which raised €45,000 for charity. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Fifteen charities to benefit from fund-raiser outside St Ann’s church in Dublin

Archdeacon of Belfast George Davison (55) has been elected as bishop of Connor

Church’s House of Bishops to meet to elect new archbishop and primate of All Ireland

The late Fr Godfrey O’Donnell (80) was ordained a Romanian Orthodox priest in February 2004 by His Eminence the Metropolitan Iosif.

A Jesuit who left the Catholic priesthood to marry, he was then drawn to Orthodoxy

In a Word . . .

. . . youth

In a sermon to mark World Day of the Sick this week Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said ‘we live in an Ireland marked by a strange incongruence’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians must be held to account for promises made during election campaign

The Dublin catholic archdiocese has advised Mass goers to avoid shaking hands at the Sign of Peace to avoid spread of viruses. Photograph: iStock.

Shaking of hands, taking of Communion on tongue and visiting sick not recommended

The Pope urged bishops to pray for more priestly vocations. Photograph: iStock.

Ireland facing spiritual ‘famine’ because of lack of priests, says priest

President Michael D Higgins at Cabra library on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Most will be available to the public to borrow at libraries throughout the country

President Michael D Higgins has expressed confidence that a way will be found through the unclear political picture that has emerged following the general election.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

‘At the appropriate time people will visit me in the Áras and I will give my blessing for however long it lasts’

The Irish Catholic Church has been likened by a priest to an old car that has gone off the road and ‘sunk into the bog and is stuck’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Institution likened to an old car that has gone off the road and ‘sunk into a bog and is stuck’

Former president Mary McAleese. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Ex-president tells UN 150% rise in homelessness after 2013 pledge to resolve problem ‘hard to credit’

In a Word . . .

. . . novel. Patsy McGarry

In a Word: Rejoice

On James Joyce’s birthday we can rejoice in the power of language to gladden our hearts

Fr Vincent Twomey: ‘Repentance begins with the courageous facing-up to the past and the frank acknowledgment of wrongdoing.’

Fr Vincent Twomey called for annual Day of Reparation so clergy might repent for abuses

A homeless man eats food provided by Feed Our Homeless charity at College Green in Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Catholic bishop says homelessness a scandal, Methodists support call for housing as a right

While in Kildare town, Fr Paul Dempsey began writing weekly articles for the Leinster Leader and hosting a programme on Kildare FM. Photograph: Newbridge Catholic Parish

Fr Paul Dempsey called in the past for a ‘national gathering’ on the Church’s future

Holocaust survivor and former prisoner of  Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, Miriam Ziegler, shows a picture of her  and other prisoners taken in January 1945, at the camp museum  on Sunday, one day before the 75th anniversary of its liberation. Photograph: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty

President to attend 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi camp

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