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Teresa Devlin of the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ten historic child abuse allegations against six priests since 2010 have been found in a second review of child protection in the Catholic diocese of (...)

Fergus Finlay at the launch of the annual Barnardos report. He is  retiring as its chief executive  after 13 years.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The situation of children in Ireland is worse today that it was in 2005, Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay has said. “At least then we didn’t (...)

Canon Shane McCaughey: newly appointed parish priest in Castleblayney

“When you are the only priest in town, everyone demands your attention,” says Canon Shane McCaughey. “It can mean you go from one emotional extreme to(...)

The number of  Masses in the Catholic diocese of Clogher  will fall to 96 from next month. Photograph: iStock

The Catholic diocese of Clogher has announced it is to reduce the number of Masses by 15 per cent from next month due to the age and shortage of pries(...)

Pope Francis:  Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin (centre) says the people of Dublin responded with generosity and enthusiasm to his visit. Photograph: Vatican Media/via Reuters

Those who saw the recent visit of Pope Francis as the end of the Catholic Church in Ireland had “really lost the understanding of what the church is,”(...)

Senator Joan Freeman says that if elected president her “personal conviction would have absolutely no impact” on her public duty. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Independent Senator Joan Freeman, who hopes to be a candidate in the presidential election next month, has said her faith was “absolutely responsible”(...)

Fianna Fáil has called on Minister of State for Mental Health to ‘get to the root of the problem’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State’s failure to adequately resource and implement its Child and Adolescent Mental Service (CAMHS) “will be a stain on its legacy,” Fianna Fáil’(...)

Anne Hughes, Phyl McDonald and Gabrielle Lowe. Phyl (94) is the oldest member of the Dún Laoghaire Active Retirement Association. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ageing is the new cool as people’s quality of life increases as they grow older, a researcher told the Dún Laoghaire Active Retirement Association on (...)

Cross  on the top of Bray Head: 68  per cent of  American Christians pray daily, compared with 19 per cent in Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish adults remain significantly closer to Berlin than Boston in terms of religious belief and practice, according to a new study from the Washington(...)

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy: “We must do more to encourage those who have been abused in any way but have not already come forward, to report their abuse.” Photograph:  Arthur Ellis

Ireland and the Catholic Church must build a new relationship, where the church stands ready “at the service of the Irish people”, the Catholic Bishop(...)

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