The Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children had told the Government   data protection issues were creating a ‘very serious deficiency’ in the system set up to prevent clerical sex abuse. Image: Getty

The Data Protection Commission has confirmed it would be illegal for dioceses to share information on suspected clerical abusers with the Catholic Chu(...)

Data protection concerns were preventing the National Board for Safeguarding Children from keeping a central database of priests who are facing child abuse allegations, the Department of Justice was told in April. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog has said legal barriers are preventing it from addressing “serious and widespread” failings in how som(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said it seemed those who were running mother and baby homes didn’t understand how to look after children.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has called for a properly constituted commission to examine issues raised by the discovery of a mass(...)

Former bishop of Clogher Joseph Duffy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The former Bishop of the cross-border Catholic diocese of Clogher Joseph Duffy has been criticised for unsatisfactory responses to child abuse (...)