Pope Francis  shakes hands with Minister for Children Katherine Zappone at Áras an Uachtaráin in  Dublin. Photograph:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has told Pope Francis that she believes the Catholic Church should “contribute substantially to the cost” of r(...)

A woman attends a vigil at the site of the Tuam babies graveyard where the bodies of 796 babies where uncovered at a site of a former  home for unmarried mothers and their children in Tuam. Co Galway. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

The gathering set off from the Square in Tuam just before three o’clock on a slow walk up to the old home. Teddy bears and cuddly toys had been tied (...)

 Pope Francis shakes hands with Katherine Zappone, Minister  for Children and Youth Affairs, at a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin  in Dublin. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The pope and the Minister for Children clasped hands beneath the portico. As greetings go, this one went on far longer than protocol might require. Wh(...)

Historian Catherine Corless said she would attend a vigil in Tuam which will take place at the same time as the papal Mass on Sunday. File photograph: Reuters

Historian Catherine Corless has turned down an invitation from the Taoiseach’s office to attend a civic reception for Pope Francis. She told Newstal(...)

Local historian Catherine Corless at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Survivors and relatives of infants from the Tuam mother and babies home are planning a peaceful vigil in Co Galway to coincide with the papal Mass in (...)

Historian Catherine Corless with a list of children missing from the Mother and Baby Home run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam. Photograph: Peter Nicholls

Four years after the painstaking research of Catherine Corless on the Tuam Mother and Baby Home received extensive national and international attentio(...)

Mairead McGuinness MEP addresses the MacGill Summer School:  research shows a woman has only one-third of the opportunity of a man to speak at forums. Photograph: North West Newspix

In 2016 and 2017, 75 per cent of those listed on the “papers delivered” section of the MacGill Summer School website were men. There were a number of (...)

Full moon in Galway? Photograph: Galway International Arts Festival/Facebook

A “bridge” made of cardboard mounted on kayaks over the river Corrib and a “gargantuan” newspaper installation by Turner prize-nominated artist David (...)

 Fr Tony Flannery who chaired the Association of Catholic Priests’  public regional meeting in Tuam, Co Galway, ahead of the Papal visit. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Pope Francis has been urged to avoid being “treated like a celebrity”, and to apologise to all those mistreated in the Magdalene laundries, mother an(...)

Catherine Corless follows the harrowing history of Julia Devaney, confined in Tuam Mother and Baby Home for most of her life.   Photograph:  Reuters/Peter Nicholls

In Ireland, a woman’s place is in the home. Or else it is dancing at the crossroads. But, historically, it has not been on a jury, or within easy acce(...)

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