Of the 2,000 to 3,000 undocumented children living in the State nearly seven out of 10 were born in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Research released on Wednesday shows that of the 2,000 to 3,000 undocumented children living in the Statenearly seven out of 10 were born in Ireland. (...)

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

It was “downright wrong” and “misleading” of the Vatican to tell the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) that it did not promote corporal pu(...)

A negative report by the Committee on the Rights of the Child  would be a blow to the Church whose leader, Pope Francis, is striving to put a number of scandals behind him since succeeding Benedict XVI. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

A United Nations human rights panel has posed a list of tough questions to the Vatican about child abuse by Catholic priests, a potential embarrassmen(...)