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The reviewers found that “accused priests were afforded too much tolerance and so found it too easy to avoid being held accountable for their actions”

A review of child protection in the Kiltegan Fathers, a missionary order based in Co Wicklow, has found that the congregation “has been challenged (...)

US President Barack Obama (left) greets Cuban President Raul Castro before giving his speech at the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank soccer stadium, also known as Soccer City, in Johannesburg today. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.

US President Barack Obama has led tributes to Nelson Mandela urging the world to use the celebration of his life as a period of “self-reflection.” (...)

Nelson Mandela with Bono in 2002. ‘I, like everyone else, was mesmeri
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sed by his deft manoeuvering as leader of South Africa,’ says the U2 frontman. Photograph: AP Photo/Juda Ngwenya

As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager. He has been a forceful presence in my life going bac(...)

Nelson Mandela waves to supporters at a football stadium in Soweto during a campaign stop in 1994.

I clearly remember the first ever photo I saw of Nelson Mandela. I was 25 and living in Paris, my first sojourn outside of my home town, Cape Town. I’(...)

French soldiers patrol in an armoured personnel carrier during fighting in Bangui, Central African Republic, yesterday. The French army deployed 250 troops to the capital after clashes broke out between former rebels and militias. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

France began a military intervention in the Central African Republic last night, following a unanimous vote by the UN Security Council yesterday au(...)

Neville Isdell: “I had thought about buying something in my homeland, but this wasn’t an emotional decision. Now is the right time to buy in Ireland.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Neville Isdell, the former chairman and chief executive of Coca-Cola and the owner of the CHQ building in Dublin, leans on his walking stick, looks le(...)

A women cries as she holds a candle and a flower outside former South African President Nelson Mandela’s house in Houghton, last night. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters.

Africa will never have seen anything like it. Amid unfathomable grief, the death of Nelson Mandela will be marked with the biggest and most watched ev(...)

South African president Nelson Mandela exchanges a handshake with deputy president F.W. de Klerk after their inauguration in Pretoria, May 9th, 1994.Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times.
Nelson Mandela: A timeline
  • Africa
  • December 5, 2013, 23:29

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. Here are some of the major events in his life.July 18, 1918: Born to Hendry M(...)

Nelson Rolihlala Mandela was arguably the most respected statesman the world has seen since the end of the second World War. His dignity, his determin(...)

South Africans have gathered outside the house of  Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg to sign a board of condolence. Photograph: EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

The South African president has announced plans for the State funeral of former president Nelson Mandela who died in his Johannesburg home last night (...)

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