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Laura Johnston, from Ringsend, leaves Penneys on Mary Street as non-essential retail opened for click-and-collect and appointment-only shopping as part of a major easing of lockdown restrictions on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

After a long five months of lockdown, Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland have started to ease. We asked you to tell us what you are most looking forward(...)

Galway manager Pádraic Joyce brings his side to Tralee on Saturday for their opening Allianz  Football League game against Kerry. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

In the weeks before the pandemic brought everything to a halt, the Galway footballers were playing spellbinding football. It’s water under the bridge (...)

Bessborough in Cork city. Photograph: Provision

There has been a call for all burial grounds at Mother and Baby Homes to be taken over by the state. A hearing of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on C(...)

The Bessborough Centre, Blackrock, Cork, former children’s home operated by the Sacred Heart nuns. Photograph: Provision

Archaeological experts for the developers of a controversial housing project on the grounds of a former Mother and Baby Home in Cork have told a plann(...)

Majella Connolly, who was born in St Patrick’s mother and baby home on the Navan Road, places a child’s shoe on a tree at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Tom Honan

A tense negotiation is in prospect as the Government seeks a significant financial contribution from Catholic and Church of Ireland leaders for a new (...)

The former Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork: Plans for part of the site, identified in a 1949 map as ‘children’s burial ground’, is the subject of an emergency oral hearing before An Bord Pleanála next week. Photograph: Provision

The remains of 19 women who died at Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork, run by the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, remain m(...)

The committee is examining a Bill to legislate for the examination and possible exhumation of mass graves at mother and baby homes. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The remains of mothers and babies buried in sites once run by religious orders should “where possible” be returned to their families, and their mass g(...)

Amnesty’s programme director in the North, Patrick Corrigan, was speaking ahead of the launch of a series of online events by Amnesty and Ulster University to help survivors contribute to the design of a forthcoming inquiry.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

An investigation into mother and baby homes and Magdalene laundries in Northern Ireland “must not repeat the mistakes of past inquiries”, Amnesty Inte(...)

‘For people of faith not to be free to worship until regulations return to Level 2, whilst many other restrictions are eased, is seen as particularly distressing and unjust,’ the archbishops said.

Catholic bishops are urging church members to lobby their TDs over Covid-related restrictions on Masses and funerals, saying limits on public worship (...)

Mr Justice Garrett Simons said  he was satisfied to approve the ‘very good’ settlement offer from the HSE.

A teenage boy has secured an €80,000 settlement of his High Court action taken after a HSE eye clinic failed to take steps when the boy was aged five (...)

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