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Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has asked officials to advance proposals by the end of this month, after which he will meet church leaders to discuss the findings of the commission of investigation into the homes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government is working on the basis that it will need up to €1 billion to provide even “modest redress” to survivors of mother and baby homes as it(...)

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 (...)

 Archbishop Dermot Farrell (Right) at the Holy Spirit Church, Ballymun preparing for his his first mass since being appointed as Archbishop of Dublin, alongside Fr Ciaran Enright, Co PP and Fr Declan Blake. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Knife crime “must always be condemned” and communities across the country must work together to “communicate our vision of non-violence”, Dublin’s new(...)

Archbishop Dermot Farrell. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin’s new Catholic Archbishop has said celebration of Sunday Mass in every church will become a thing of the past and a declining priesthood will r(...)

The archbishop ‘faced many challenges in administration and necessary changes’, the President said. Photograph: The Irish Times/Dara Mac Dónaill

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, who formally stands down next Tuesday, has been praised for his “courage, tenacity and compassion,” by (...)

Retiring in the north inner city parish of Aughrim Street, Diarmuid Martin plans to rest and read for now: ‘I could write my memoirs but they’d probably be banned,’ he says, with a smile. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pope Francis once quietly approached the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, in the Vatican guesthouse, the Santa Marta, at the end of an early mor(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘Church-run institutions should be places where people experience the warm embrace of Jesus Christ, particularly vulnerable people, not harshness, judgementalism and disrespect.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

What happened in the mother and baby homes was “only one chapter in a shocking narrative that has gone on for some time”, the Catholic Archbishop of D(...)

Archbishop-elect Dermot Farrell. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin’s Catholic archbishop-elect Dermot Farrell has said he would like to see women becoming deacons in the Church. He said the biggest barrier to (...)

  Archbishop-elect Dermot Farrell of Dublin believes Pope Francis has given Catholics ‘a great lead’ on homosexuality. Photograph: Alan Betson

With half of Dublin’s priests over 70 and due to retire within the next five years and congregations ageing and declining, the Archbishop-elect Dermot(...)

The new Catholic Archbishop of Dublin is to be current Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell (66)

The new Catholic Archbishop of Dublin is to be current Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell (66). A former president of St Patrick’s College Maynooth, he (...)

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